The Cowry Collective is a growing group of people who are committed to creating a stronger community of people of African descent in the greater St. Louis area by sharing their time and talents with each other. Doing this enables members to match their unmet needs with others untapped resources. The collective is based on the idea of time banking and time dollars. The process is simple: you spend an hour doing something for somebody in your community, that hour goes into the time bank as a cowry (time dollar). You then have a cowry to spend on having someone do something for you. Each member receives one complimentary cowry upon joining the collective to begin exchanging with other members. Though the Collective has a culturally specific mission, its membership is open to all interested people in the community.

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