My friend, Johanna, works at the Unitarian Universalist Service Committe. Her job title is great: Director of Economic Justice. She told me about an organization she has just discovered in southwest Georgia, the Southern Alternatives Agricultural Cooperation, a pecan cooperative in southwest Georgia that produces shelled pecans and pecan candies for sale through fair trade. SAAC is the only African American-owned pecan shelling facility in the United States – and it is run by women. The women who lead this cooperative are lifelong advocates who are determined to run a pecan-processing plant in a way that creates new business and jobs for workers, while strengthening local economies in southwest Georgia.Go here to read more. She flew down to Georgia to meet with these women and was inspired by their courage and creativity. So am I.
Here’s a picture of the leaders of the SAAC.