Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Two interlocking half circles - the Nsibidi symbol of togetherness and family

Shared Work and Wealth

The fourth principle is Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) and is essentially a commitment to the practice of shared social wealth and the work necessary to achieve it. Ujamaa literally means familyhood...

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Economic Self-Reliance

Ujamaa also stresses self-reliance in the building, strengthening and controlling of the economics of our own community. The assumption here is that we must seize and maintain the initiative in all that is ours...

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Obligation of Generosity

Also, inherent in Ujamaa is the stress and obligation of generosity especially to the poor and vulnerable. In the Book of Ani, we are taught that generosity is its own reciprocal reward...

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