In terms of terminology, the economists do not agree on the meaning of the cooperative. Differences in the background with education and life experience of each. But they have essentially the same principle that is about the social element in its formation. For more details, understand the terminology describing an economist, can be seen from the following description:
a. According Margono Djojohadikoesoemo (2002: 21) at 10 years of co-operatives 1941, that human society is a cooperative of people who like myself will work together to advance the economy.
b. According to Margaret Digby in his'' World '', the Cooperative Movement'' was quoted by Rival Wirasasmita, et al. (1990: 4) "has the meaning that the cooperative (a) cooperation and is ready to help (b) is a private company, but there are differences with other private companies in terms of how to achieve its objectives in the use of tools."
c. According to Said Hamid Hasan (1997: 137) argues that "cooperation is a collection of people as human beings together to work together on an equal basis, working to advance their economic interests and the interests of society."
From some understanding cooperative above, that the essence of cooperation is the way by a group of people to meet needs by forming partnerships, limited capital and management responsibility with no coercion from anywhere and do not come looking for benefits for the individual, entity or organization. Thus, this effort aims to meet the needs of living together, improve self-esteem, improve the position, and ability to defend themselves from the difficulties