The Danish supermarket chain KIWI has made a joint-venture agreement with UFF (Ulandshjælp fra Folk til Folk), the Danish branch of the Tvind Teachers Group’s International Humana Federation, based in Switzerland and Zimbabwe.
Bins for collecting used clothes have been placed on the parking lots of more than 100 KIWI supermarkets across Denmark.
The deal represents a major step forward for UFF and the Teachers Group in Denmark.
For some years UFF has had problems with finding places to put their collection bins. Many city councils have refused permission. Instead UFF has tried to get private enterprises to allow them to put up their collection-bins.
Tvindalert.com asked KIWI why it has allowed UFF to place its bins in front of their supermarkets. In an email KIWI confirmed they have started to cooperate with UFF.
And from what they write it seems that UFF have succeeded in convincing KIWI that UFF is no longer a part of the Tvind Teachers Group.
This is despite UFF Denmark’s leader being named as Kaj Pihl, who is known to be a veteran member of the Teachers Group with links to many other Teachers Group enterprises. UFF is also listed as one of the 32 member-organisations in the Humana Federation, based in Zimbabwe.
In an email to tvindalert.com KIWI said it believed UFF was an independent organisation with no connection to the Tvind Teachers Group.
“UFF was a part of Tvind in the 70s, but they have assured us that today they are an independent organisation – legally and financially,” a spokesperson said.