The Social Economy and the Traditional Market: The Dilemma of Justa Trama
This case is about Justa Trama, a network created in 2005 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, composed of six organizations working in different fields across Brazil. The network involves a complete production chain of clothing and accessories made from organic cotton, from planting to the consumer. This network employs more than 700 workers and its primary goal is the elimination of all intermediaries in the production and commercialization process. The main dilemma is how to reconcile the different members' views on the commercialization process by creating alternative strategies to grow and increase profit without compromising the social economy principles.