About

Dahlia Green Cleaning Services was founded in June 2012 by four women with shared economic needs. Motivated by the desire to create more just and dignified jobs in the cleaning industry, Brenda Jimenez, Eva Marroquin, Cyndi Jimenez, Maria Munoz came together to improve the standard of living for themselves, their families, and their community. The mission of Dahlia is to create jobs with fair wages and equal opportunity, for the benefit of our members and our families. We are committed to providing a quality service that ensures the welfare of our customers, our members and the environment.

We are the first worker-owned cooperative in Austin, TX that specializes in green cleaning. Our work is done with hand-made eco-friendly products that promote a healthy living environment for our customers, our members, and the planet. We offer fair prices, high quality services, and a level professionalism based on more than 50 years of experience in the cleaning industry.

At Dahlia, we want to exceed the expectations of our customers. We are both workers and owners, which prompts us to give the best service possible. Our work is based on equality and democracy, offering a service with a friendly and nurturing environment.

Why Dahlia?

In order to have a symbol that brought us all together, our members chose the name Dahlia to represent the cooperative. Like our members, the Dahlia is a flower that is originally from both Mexico and Guatemala. Like our members, the Dahlia comes in a variety of colors and can withstand changes in climate. The Dahlia also represents nature, which our cooperative is trying to preserve by using green cleaning products made by the workers themselves to ensure that our services do not harm our members, our clients or the planet.

Our Worker / Owners

Brenda

Brenda was born in Veracruz, Mexico and immigrated to Austin, Texas ten years ago with her daughter, Cyndi Jimenez. At age thirty six, Brenda lives with her two daughters and husband and has worked in the housecleaning industry for eight years. Like her coworkers, Brenda enjoys providing service to the community, engaging in teamwork, and helping others. Brenda is proud to be a co-owner and believes that Dahlia will provide her and her colleagues better opportunities, rights, and a higher quality of life.

Cyndi

Dahlia’s youngest member, Cyndi is nineteen years old and has lived in Austin, Texas since she turned nine. Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, she is the first in her family to graduate from high school and attend college. In addition to her studies, Cyndi is also active in her community and has worked with her mother, Brenda Jimenez, in the housecleaning industry for four years. Cyndi is enthused about Dahlia’s launch because she hopes that this one will provide better opportunities for her community, her family, and herself.

Eva

Originally from Guatemala, Eva is thirty nine years old and has twelve years of experience in the housecleaning industry. Eva has three daughters and two sons. She is enthused to be involved in
Dahlia Green Cleaning Services because she strongly believes in the principles of the cooperative and is certain that this one will provide a more just and democratic environment for its workers. Through the cooperative, Eva wishes not only to satisfy her customers and assist her coworkers, but also to grow as a person and, through her services, to help construct a better Texas.

Maria

Maria was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and has lived in Austin, Texas for eight years. She is twenty-nine years old and has three children. Maria has worked in domestic service for nine years, where she was in charge of housecleaning and other services.