A Cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.
Cooperative Development Foundation, popularly known as Sahavikasa, was formed in 1975, when a group of Individuals came together and started working for the development of cooperatives. They felt that cooperative was one of the good instruments to bring about comprehensive development in rural areas. It was initially known as Samakhya.
Various forms of cooperation have existed from the very beginnings of the human race, but it was the pioneers of Rochdale, England, who worked out their aims and purposes, and commited them to paper in 1844 in a form which identified nine specific rules.