Si Se Puede! Women's Cooperative, We Can Do It! Inc. was founded in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, in August, 2006, to bring together immigrant women to create a women-run, women-owned, eco-friendly housecleaning business. The cooperative is designed to create living wage jobs that will be done in a safe and healthy environment, as well as to providesocial supports and educational opportunities for our members.
We have 65 members (as of March 2015), all of whom have completed a probationary training. All of the members whom are all immigrants, have an equal voice in decisions regarding policies and operations. In addition, members work together to promote the business and meet bi-weekly for on-going training and support.
The 14 founding members chose the name Si Se Puede! Women's Cooperative, We Can Do It! Inc. because we feel that it embodies the spirit of the group. Si Se Puede also has resonance for many of our members as the phrase is often heard in political and social change movements throughout Central and South America.
Si Se Puede! works in mutual support with Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, a nonprofit community-based organization providing social services for children, youth and families in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, since 1978.
Si Se Puede! in the News
Mujeres, unidas, jamas seran vencidas read article
El Diario, March 11, 2012
Su negocio es limpiar las casas read article
El Diario, February 15, 2012
Domestic Workers Organize download PDF
International Labor Organization COOP NEWS 2011
Sunset Park Women's Cooperative Says SI SE PUEDE! read article
The Brooklyn Rail, September 3, 2010
Worker Cooperatives Promise Jobs and Freedom read article
Columbia New Service, February 2010
Building a Solidarity Economy read article
Yes Magazine, October 15, 2009
When workers take charge read article
CNNMoney.com, September 2009
Cleaning Up: We Can Do It! Women's Cooperative Offers Alternative to Low-wage Jobs read article
The Indypendent, September 18, 2009
Burgeoning Coops Provide Quality Services While Empowering Workers download a PDF of the article
Linewaiter's Gazette, May 21, 2009
Si Se Puede! helps to clean up businesses read article
Ode Magazine, Jan/Feb 2009
The Weekend Shift: Cleaning Houses read article
Weekend America, December 20, 2008
"No somos empleadas, sino empresarias" download a PDF of the article
Hoy Nueva York, May 1, 2007
Cleaning Cooperative Housecleaning Promotes Women's Self-Sufficience download a PDF of the article
Linewaiter's Gazette, March 2007