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Samara’s first cooperative looks to use excess wood productively
• Free “Walking for Life” beach and rural walk planned for October 30th

By Arianna McKinney

A new non-profit cooperative has been organized in Samara under the direction of Marco Antonio Campos Campos. Farming, Industrial, Tourism and Multiple Services Cooperative of Samara, (COOPESAMARA), aims to commercialize wood products, improve tourism, promote employment and improve the quality of life of its associates, their families and the community, according to COOPESÁMARA’s Study of Possiblity, Viability and Utility. At present, COOPESÁMARA has 22 associates

 

“We are in the process of compliance. The studies and statutes have already been approved,” Campos explained. On Wednesday, October 12th, lawyer Diana Villegas, assigned by the sate to oversee the formation process, met with associates of the cooperative and informed the group that they presented one of the best projects this year by first cooperatives being formed.

For the first phase of COOPESÁMARA’s project, they have received a donation of about 40,000 inches of leftover and scrap wood from Panamerican Woods of Santo Domingo, which will be used to create figures and other items that can be sold locally and marketed internationally. Campos said they are working with INA to conduct a free course at Intercultura in artisan craftsmanship and are planning another course in cabinetmaking.

Campos, who lives in Cangrejal of Samara, was one of fifty people selected nationally to participate in a national project called Proyecto Germinador de Empresas y Empleos (Germinator of Enterprises and Employment Project). He studied Cooperative and Community Development at the National University and applied the training he received in organizing COOPESÁMARA. When he worked at a sawmill previously, he observed how much wood is wasted and developed the idea of finding productive ways to use that wood. 

Participate in “Walking for Life”
COOPESÁMARA is organizing an event called “Walking for Life” on Sunday, October 30th. Registration is free.

Two routes are planned for the free walk, both starting in Samara’s plaza at 8 in the morning.  One route along the beach will last 4 kilometers, in which children and people who have difficulty walking longer distances can participate. The other rural walk will be 7 kilometers and will follow a route up to Las Vegas Bar and through Cantarana and Cangrejal back to town. 

Afterward, food will be sold, the proceeds from which will help with administrative expenses of the cooperative. Several local hotels are sponsoring the event and offering special prices to guests coming to participate in the walk. 

To register for the walk, call 2656-0925 or 8815-8303.

 

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