food and housing co-ops

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Senior Member
Hi, friends!
What does "food and housing co-ops" in the following sentence mean?

But she has drawn on her difficult youth and her early career running food and housing co-ops to develop effective points of view and a non-nonsense leadership style that rank her among the best.

Thank you in advance!
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Hi Superfeeling,

    This isn't the place for a history of the co-operative movement. This will tell you a little about that.

    The suggestion is that she spent her time running co-operatives (loose confederations of suppliers and consumers) to provide food and housing, probably for people who are rather poor.
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