Discovering Buenos Aires: Laundry Cooperative “Su lavandería”

Written by Johanna Grassl
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Energetic youth

Visiting the laundry cooperative “Su lavandería”, I was very impressed by the energy and the motivation the young people working there are investing. All of them are immatriculated at high schools or universities or do any kind of professional formations besides spending a few hours per week working at the laundry. The nine guys and girls, all in the age of 17 to 26, reach the aim of satisfying all of their clients who are basically entrepreneurs in the gastronomic sector and hotel businesses. The laundry offers washing, drying and ironing service, available 365 days a year. 

Creating perspectives

So this working cooperative creates an opportunity for the young people it employs to finish their careers, which they otherwise probably could not afford. The initiative arose as a part of the Voluntario Global organization in 2008, and from that moment on, it tries hard to improve and win orders.

Its values

The atmosphere at the laundry seemed very warm-hearted to me because of the people I met: From the moment I arrived, I felt welcome and everybody started talking to me openly. I noticed that they care about values of respecting each other and making decisions democratically. The laundry team is used to have monthly meetings discussing all the recent issues. Furthermore, the social cooperative not only acts with respect towards everybody, but also towards the environment. Everything is tried to make the washing process more sustainable and ecologically sensitive.


Descubriendo Buenos Aires: Cooperativa de trabajo Su Lavandería

En mi visita a la cooperativa de trabajo "Su lavandería", me impresionó la energía de los jóvenes empleados allí, que todos al lado de pasar algún tiempo de la semana allá, se dedican a estudios universitarios o varias formaciones profesionales. Los nueve chicos y chicas, todos en la edad entre 17 y 26 años, consiguen que sus clientes, todos de empresas de gastronomía y hotelería, están muy satisfechos. A aquellos, ofrece servicios de lavado, secado y planchado disponibles todos los días del año.


Construyendo perspectivas

Dicha Cooperativa de Trabajo Limitada entonces da la oportunidad de terminar sus carreras a estos jóvenes, que la mayoría de veces de otro modo no se podrían financiar. Fue iniciada como parte de la organización Voluntario Global en 2008, y desde este momento sigue mejorándose y ganando encargos.



El ambiente de la lavandería me pareció muy cálido por la gente que encontré, me sentía muy bienvenida tan pronto como llegué allá, como todos me hablaron muy abiertamente desde el primer momento. Se ví que comparten valores como el respeto de cada uno al otro y la igualidad de todos que es condición para la forma en que se toman las decisiones en la lavandería: Hay encuentros mensuales en que charlan todo que recien pasa. La cooperativa social no solo tiene un trato respetuoso entre el equipo, sino también al medioambiente. Intenta crear el proceso de lavado tan sostenible y suave como posible.



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