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In this short video in Spanish produced by FEPP (Ecuadorian Fund Populorum Progressio) we can see the first measures for the promotion and development in favour of three communities in the Esmeraldas province, badly hit by the earthquake of last April.
Special thanks to all the organizations promoting these actions together with AMU: Focolare Movement, FEPP and Fundación Amiga !

 

Meeting with the communities of the province of Esmeraldas affected by the earthquake.

Ecuador’s coastal line, which was stricken by a violent earthquake last year, is still in a complex situation.  Unfortunately the earthquake swarm still persists with important shocks, and this does not allow people to look ahead with serenity.

Nevertheless, the activities planned in the town of Salima, Macara and “10 de Agosto”, in the province of Esmeraldas have been completed. In Amu, Lia Guillen follows the work with the local organization and during her trip there last November, she also identified  other needs and problems. Solutions are now being studied. What is certain is that here the earthquake hit communities already struggling with a very obvious situation of poverty. Job insecurity and high unemployment have a strong impact in all areas of life: housing, food, health, education.

«I went to Ecuador, says Lia Guillen, to visit the communities hit by the quake, but also to meet the various associations that together work on the reconstruction project. (more…)

 


There is currently a new microcredit project promoted by the Burundian Association CASOBU together with AMU. The project will be destined to 1250 families in the provinces of Ruyigi, Bujumbura and Rumonge.

The strengthening project the “family production activities” through micro-credit is a continuation of previous projects in Burundi, especially the last one, implemented in Ruyigi province (Microcredit and strengthening of the rural cooperative system) with the financial support of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Italy).

For several years now the CASOBU association promotes the creation of small savings and credit groups for vulnerable families, formed according to the microcredit model CECI (Communautés d’Epargne et Crédit Internes). A model whose application has proved to be particularly effective in fighting poverty, because it returns to the people, however poor they may be, the dignity to give. In fact, the credit for setting up small income-generating family activities is not granted from an external financial institution, but comes directly from the group’s ability to self-manage their own economy and savings. A system that, moreover, creates deep bonds between members of the group, thanks to the sharing of objectives, needs and common training. (more…)

 


The annual report has been published on the life of the Economy of Communion (EoC) and on corporate profits distribution: a counter current commitment – writes Alberto Ferrucci – that “creates productive communion open to the excluded.”

The economic report, edited by Gian Maria Bidone, shows that 49% of the profits put in communion by companies that adhere to the EoC has been used for training projects while 51% was used for the benefit of poor people. Of the latter approximately 62% was used to make up for the basic needs (food, medical expenses, home and school) and 38% was used for social projects, to create new jobs and for the birth of a worldwide network of business incubators.

The EOC commitment with AMU has increased precisely in this direction, as Francesco Tortorella writes:
«… In 2016, the collaboration between the EOC and AMU has aimed to create employment, to offer the opportunity to many people to not have to depend on “aid”, but to live thanks to their capabilities. During the year, some projects have come to end: in Bolivia (microcredit), Paraguay (family enterprises), Philippines (work placement of street children) and Italy (vocational training for former drug addicts and assistance to unemployed people). (more…)

 

Screened for the first time at the International Congress of the Economy of Communion (EoC), this video shows one of the projects that are also made with the help of companies that adhere to the EoC: the Sustainable and Incluse Tourism Program in North West Argentina (TSNOA).

«The more “sensitive” link of the chain – says Renata Gonzalez of the TSNOA program – is the dialogue with the grassroots communities, dialogue with the people, because this program looks at the person with great attention. The crucial point is the person.»

Sometimes development is confused with economic growth. But according to Francesco Tortorella AMU, «in this program we have the proof that it is possible to work for the development while protecting the culture of the indigenous peoples, their relationship with the environment and … releasing the potential capacity that each person can bring.»