We are launching a crowdfunding training program!

The popularity of crowdfunding is growing, but many informal economy workers’ organizations have yet to seize upon this tool for fundraising. Now, street vendors’ organizations affiliated to StreetNet have a chance to develop their crowdfunding skills.

StreetNet is launching a crowdfunding training program exclusively for its affiliates. This program will give organizations of informal traders the opportunity to learn about crowdfunding and implement their own campaign, so they can become more resilient and financially sustainable!

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Crowdfunding for women street vendors in Bangladesh: challenges and lessons learned

Repon Chowdhury, President of Labour at Informal Economy (LIE) – StreetNet affiliate in Bangladesh – was one of the participants of the capacity-building crowdfunding pilot project. Together with his team of five members, they developed the campaign Support vulnerable women street vendors in Bangladesh. We reached out to Repon to understand what were the challenges they faced when developing the campaign and what are some lessons learned which he can share with other street vendors interested in investing in crowdfunding to support their members.

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Luta Coletiva: UNICAB (Brasil)

“Enfrentar, resistir e persistir”

A União Nacional de Trabalhadores e Trabalhadores Camelôs, Ambulantes e Feirantes do Brasil– UNICAB foi fundade em julho de 2015, depois de vários anos de luta de diversos militantes em várias cidades brasileiras. Para percebermos como a organização foi criada e de que forma impulsionou a luta dos vendedores ambulantes no Brasil, falámos com os membros da Executiva eleitos no Congresso de 2019 Juliano Fripp e Maria de Lourdes do Carmo (também conhecida por Maria dos Camelôs), de forma a partilhar a sua perspetiva sobre a evolução da UNICAB e da luta coletiva para defender os direitos dos camelôs, ambulantes e feirantes no Brasil.

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Collective Struggle: UNICAB (Brazil)

“To confront, to resist and to persist”

The National Union of Hawkers, Street and Market Vendor Workers of Brazil – UNICAB was founded in July of 2015, after many years of struggle led by diverse activists in several Brazilian cities. To understand how the organization was created and how it boosted the struggle of street vendors in Brazil, we spoke with the members of the Executive elected in the 2019 Congress, Juliano Fripp and Maria de Lourdes do Carmo (also known as Maria dos Camelôs), in order to share their perspective about the evolution of UNICAB and the collective struggle for hawkers and street and market vendors in Brazil.

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Inspiring Workers: Angélique Kipulu Katani

Angélique Kipulu Katani is a current Member-Auditor of the StreetNet’s Executive Committee. She emerged as an accomplished women leader in the trade union movement and a fierce advocate for women’s rights in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and beyond. Her main priority now is the defense of the rights of women informal workers, especially street and market vendors.

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Crowdfunding for women street vendors and their families in Ghana: challenges and lessons learned

Deborah Freeman is the current General Secretary of the Union of Informal Workers Associations (UNIWA), affiliated to StreetNet International. Along with her colleague Eric, she was one of the participants of the capacity-building crowdfunding pilot project. They developed the online crowdfunding campaign “Save the lives of women informal workers & their children: Support 1000 women informal workers and their children in Ghana by providing food, personal protective equipment and funds to restart businesses”. We talked with Deborah to understand what challenges and lessons were learned while following the course and implementing the campaign:

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