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Community transformation through a cooperative business that resources locally grown organic produce and sells at accessible prices.
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We are CooPera, a Boyle Heights organic fruits and vegetable cooperative.  We are community leaders who have remembered our voices through the struggle to legalize street vending in the city of Los Angeles.  We are firmly committed to being present in dreaming the transformation of our community into a world filled with cooperation.  This dream requires a desire to cultivate and maintain a mutual respect and willingness to be united.  Resourcing the well of collective wisdom that our culture offers we are creating a cooperative business that will coordinate with local farmers to provide healthy organic produce at affordable prices for working families.


Somos la cooperativa CooPera de Boyle Heights. Somos grandes lideres en nuestra comunidad. Hemos encontrado nuestras voces atraves de la lucha de legalizar la venta ambulante en la cuidad de Los Ángeles. Entendemos bien la importancia de estar presentes en el compromiso de transformar nuestra comunidad por soñar con un mundo mejor y de cooperación. Este sueño requiere una disciplina para cultivar y mantener un respeto mutuo y una voluntad de estar unidos siempre. Recurriendo al pozo de sabiduría colectiva haremos un negocio de cooperativa que toma en cuenta los campesinos locales con la cosecha saludable para el beneficio de nuestra comunidad. Por eso pretendemos vender productos de calidad a un precio razonable y al alcance de todas las familias.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges with any business is being able to steadily grow and sustain a client base. This cooperative is composed of motivated entrepreneurs who have found a way to sustain themselves and their families in an informal economy.

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    Coopera

    A limited edition cooperative print designed in collaboration with Self Help Graphics.

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    Que bonito te vez!

    A limited edition cooperative sweat shop free t-shirt designed in collaboration with Self Help Graphics.

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    Bag It!

    A limited edition cooperative silkscreen tote bag created in collaboration with Self Help Graphics.

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    Salsa!

    2 lbs of homemade salsa made by cooperative member Angelica Rojo. Choose between red and green or 1 of each.

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    Enzima

    2 lbs of Salvadorean Curtido(pickled cabbage) prepared by cooperative member Maria Luisa Ramos.

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    You're So Crate!

    A crate filled with organic seasonal fruit from local growers from the Boyle Heights area.

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    LEVADURA

    6 artisan baguettes made w organic wheat flour(gluten free available) by Carmen Cortez.

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    Tradicion Oaxaqueña

    50 Natural Bolis(Oaxacan ice popsicle) w/ raw cane sugar. Choose from Coconut, Pineapple, Strawberry, Hibiscus and Vanilla. Perfect for that party dessert.

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    Cuerdas Sonoras

    90 minutes of live Son Jarocho, Rancheras, Corridos and other regional mexican music. Great for weddings, quinceñeras, baptisms or birthday parties.

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    Almacigo

    6 X 4 wood raised bed garden box with six seasonal organic plants and herbs ready to go!

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    Padrinos de Comida

    The Cooperative members will cater an event of your choice for up to 200 people. This is perfect for weddings, baptisms, quinceñeras or any big celebration. Menu is negotiable but limited to Mexican regional food. Includes aguas frescas.

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    LA VERDAD

    90 min performance of musica tropical by Gabriel Gonzalez y La Verdad. Perfect for any party big or small.

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    HASTA LA VICTORIA!

    90 min of your favorite boleros, rancheras, polkas and more by La Victoria. Perfect for weddings, baptisms, birthdays, or any other party.

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