Minga, a multi-solution cooperative in Portugal

March 2022

Participants: Jorge Gonçalves, Alexandre Castro

The video : 1:20:11

Local Futures’ second episode of Voices from the Field featured a conversation between Anja Lyngbaek of Local Futures and Jorge Gonçalves and Alexandre Castro from Cooperativa Integral Minga in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal.

With plenty of smiles and laughter, Jorge and Alexandre discuss both the nitty-gritty details and big picture of their work starting a thriving cooperative that connects dozens of diverse local businesses. Gain pearls of wisdom such as: How they started the coop, including a shop carrying local products, with just 2000 Euros of funding. Why they *wouldn’t* start with a shop if they had to do it all over again. How they keep track of payments and taxes. How their work has bridged the expat and local communities. How cooperatives can build affordable, natural housing and eliminate property speculation. And so much more.