Green Festival Speakers
Michelle King is co-owner of Mata Traders and has been Business Director there since 2007. She's visited co-operatives in India and Nepal on numerous occasions and enjoys the opportunity to work so closely with the ladies who make Mata products. During an interview Michelle and Jonit did during their last visit, one woman told them that before she joined the co-op, she never rode buses - she couldn't read the bus numbers. Now, after literacy training at the cooperative, she travels around the city by bus without problem - which perfectly illustrates the importance of cooperative structures. Michelle lives with her husband in Chicago, IL.