Les Valoristes, a newly established recycling cooperative in Montreal, Quebec, has been awarded a social entrepreneurship scholarship by the Institut du Nouveau Monde and J.Armand Bombardier Foundation in their Contest To Go project.
Within the scholarship the objectives of the cooperative are many:
- Continue to “raise awareness of the reality of valoristes and the valuable work they do every day”
- To create a central repository dedicated to facilitating and improving current working conditions and to provide a space where valoristes can assert their interests.
- Provide payment for valoristes at the right price and to develop an activity of micro-credit to invest in equipment work
- “Reduce social exclusion of people in marginal situations that are often valoristes”
- Decrease urban pollution
Les Valoristes, representing the first recycling cooperative project in Quebec, has both a social and environmental mission: Helping to contribute to the reduction of urban poverty and acting to decrease environmental pollution by promoting recycling and waste reduction.
To learn more about the other scholarship awards and social entrepreneurship programs by Institut du Nouveau Monde visit: http://www.agoonchangelemonde.qc.ca/index.php.