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Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG)

The Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG) was formed in 2003, and registered in 2005. It was formerly called StreetNet Ghana. Currently, there are over 6,000 members, who work in street and market trading; approximately two-thirds of the members are women. The organization has six branches in two cities, and is governed by an executive committee of five women and two men. 

Sindicato de Trabajadores Vendedores de la Locomocion Colectiva (SINTRALOC)

The National Union of Independent Itinerant Transport and Allied Workers (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Independientes Ambulantes del Transporte y Anexos, SINTRALOC) was founded on November 23, 1987.  Throughout its 24 years of existence, SINTRALOC has fought tirelessly for the recognition and dignity of street vendors.  In recent years, thanks to the perseverance of the union’s struggle, we have managed to get a bill passed to legally develop our work nationwide.

WIEGO Institutional Members

Trade unions, cooperatives, and associations of informal workers that have been active in WIEGO are invited to become Institutional Members. As of July 2014, the following membership-based organizations of informal workers were Institutional Members of WIEGO. 

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International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) - profile

International Union of Food and Allied Workers (IUF) - profile

Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN)

Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN) is a national union that had 30,150 members as of November 2013. Members include street vendors and other informal workers. UGSEIN's objectives include: organize the economic actors of the informal economy; defend the ethical and material interests of members; negotiate agreements with the employers of the sector; struggle for decent work conditions and health and security for the workers in the sector.

 

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) members include street/market vendors, construction workers, wastepickers, and other informal economy workers. As of January 2014 there were 10,500 members  in 150 Associations grouped into chapters.

International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF)

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) is a membership-based global organization of domestic and household workers. IDWF was launched in October 2013.  IDWF’s objective is to build a strong, democratic and united domestic/household workers’ global organization to protect and advance domestic workers’ rights everywhere.

Associação dos Operadores Trabalhadores do Sector Informal (ASSOTSI)

The Association of Traders and Workers in the Informal Sector (Associçãao dos Operadores Trabalhadores do Sector Informal, ASSOTSI) in Mozambique was founded in 1999.  As of 2012, ASSOTSI had more than 4200 members.  Most of ASSOSTI’s members are street traders, but a small percentage of the members come from other informal worker sectors.

ASSOTSI’s objectives are as follows:
•    to organize, unite and build solidarity between street traders and other informal workers

Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS) Publications

These findings are based on research conducted in 2012 as part of the Informal Economy Monitoring Study (IEMS), a project under Inclusive Cities and led by WIEGO.

Conducted in 10 cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the study examines how informal livelihoods are changing, how informal workers respond, and what institutions help or hinder their lives.

Syndicat Unique et Démocratique du Mareyeurs du Sénégal

The United and Democratic union of Fish Wholesalers of Senegal (Syndicat Unique et Démocratique du Mareyeurs du Sénégal, SUDEMS) was founded in July 2000. It is a national union which is formally recognized by the government of Senegal. Members are fish vendors who vend in streets, markets, and landing sites. As of 2011, there are over 7500 members of SUDEMS, who work throughout all regions of Senegal. The members are responsible for the collection, distribution and sale of fresh and dry fish. 
The purpose and objectives of SUDEMS are as follows:

Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO)

WIEGO is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights.