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We want to bring positive change to our communities while trading from our purpose built cargo bicycles. We believe that our world desperately needs a more decentralised and egalitarian economy and think that cooperative enterprise is probably the best way to achieve this. We want to promote the cooperative business model as well as sustainable modes of transport. We want to contribute to a thriving and self-reliant community and want to empower ourselves and others by acquiring new skills.
The project started in spring of 2013 when we (Agnieszka, Zym and Daniel) came up with the idea of having a pop up cafe on a cargo bike. The aim of the project was to transform our lives and those around us by doing things differently and not giving up when most have lost hope for a brighter future. We wanted to make our positive contribution to the society and we thought that starting a cooperative business is probably one of the best ways of doing this.
Combining two of our greatest passions, coffee and bicycles, we’ve come up with a creative idea of overcoming the debilitating obstacles that most young start-ups have on their road to sustainability. The positive difference the project delivers is demonstrating that running the business from a bicycle eliminates the high start-up costs. This allows us to successfully compete with the corporate chain shops which are driving their profits away from our local community.
We’re a workers’ cooperative which means that we have equal pay as well as equal say in how the enterprise is run. The business is ultimately run by the team’s consensus and driven by self-reliance and independence. We are happy that we’ve come so far motivated by our social goals. We are hopeful and believe that this is just the beginning of our journey towards realising our potential as a group and working towards a better world.
Our core values revolve around those of cooperativism. We believe in open and democratic business model that can help us overcome our egos and work for the common good.
Our baby (the Bike!) at Carbooty in Islington Mill a couple of weeks ago! Lovely place, great… instagram.com/p/vjEnrzEH5r/