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Uganda - Argentina: a meeting of two worlds

The contagious dream of a young Ugandan entrepreneur and his connection with the Argentinean EoC....

by Carolina Carbonell

171116uganda07Uganda is known as the "Pearl of Africa", a country known above all for its national parks that house the "Big Ten”, the 10 big game animals.

Henry is an average young man originally from a village near the city of Masaka. In the past 5 years he studied Economics in Kampala, the capital of the country, and now lives and works in Entebbe, a city located on the shores of Lake Victoria, near Kampala. The lake, whose name is a heritage from the colonial era, looks like a sea for its extension and Henry goes to fish there to get the raw material he uses in his farm. “In Masaka I noticed that people no longer have time to prepare their meals slowly, cooking for several hours, and it was with the aim of solving this problem that I had the idea of processing meat and fish for sale.

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Argentina: when the EoC and tourism meet

Two important recognitions to the EoC Sustainable Tourism Project "Conectando destinos, uniendo personas". 

by Francesca Giglio

Argentina Turismo Sostenibile 01 ridAt the end of September, as the hashtag #Travel, Enjoy, Respect! was being spread by UNWTO, in line with the latest actions with which the United Nations are starting to conclude the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, two wonderful news arrived from Argentina. With a surprising coincidence of time, they tell about and hand out rewards to a great story, an exemplary project showing how tourism can have a unique and strategic contribution in the field of social, economic and environmental sustainability.

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Francis Ganzon, Finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2017

Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines is a program of the SGV Foundation, Inc., with the participation of co-presenters Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, and the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Banking on being a good neighbor

published in Businessworld on 02/10/2017

EOY Francis Ganzon 100217 ridTRUST and integrity have always been essential qualities in the financial industry. These values are what motivated Atty. Francis Ganzon, 67, when he took over Bangko Kabayan, a private development bank dedicated to improving and empowering small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

After graduating from the Ateneo de Manila College of Law, and working as an associate lawyer, Mr. Ganzon left his legal career to help save his father-in-law’s business, the Ibaan Rural Bank, Inc. (IRB). The IRB was in the middle of a bank run with bank personnel involved in fraud cases. “My father-in-law said my only concern is to regain the trust of the people and to make sure everything is done properly,” recalls Mr. Ganzon.

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#StorytellingEdC: fire in communion

The stories of EoC companies do not always have an ending because they never end.

by Carolina Carbonell

170907 incendio el albaAldo Calliera is the owner of the agricultural EoC company El Alba in Santiago del Estero, in the north of Argentina, and has already been the protagonist of another story on the EoC site: ...Di cavalli e mandriani (story available only in Italian – the tr.).

On Saturday 19 August, Aldo sent us a photo of the flames that were burning his field with great force. In his message he told us: "I have worked as a fire-fighter with my colleagues for two days now. In a couple of hours we lost the fruit of many years of ecological care of the native forests and all that grew on the agricultural plots". The next day further news arrived: “Last night we had another very complicated case of fire, but it is already under control”.

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Philippines: The 60th of Bangko Kabayan

Celebrating 60 years with the Entrepreneurs of the Countryside

170820 60 Bangko Kabayan 01 rid300Bangko Kabayan, a bank that grew from a one unit rural bank in the small rural town of Ibaan,  to a 23-branch private development bank covering 160 cities and municipalities in 3 provinces of the premier region in the Philippines, recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with some 2500 clients and stakeholders gathered in Batangas Coliseum, Batangas City.

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Peru: communion cannot be implemented; it has to be generated in a common effort!

An account of Argentinean EoC entrepreneurs Germán Jorge, Aldo and Gonzalo Calliera Perrin's trip to Peru (Lima, 5-13 November 2016)

by Germán Jorge

161113 Pachacamac01On the outskirts of Lima there is a district that takes its name from the pre-Inca shrine erected to the god Pachacamac ("creator of the earth"). We came here with the goal of starting a productive activity, set up according to the practices of the economy of communion, whose profits could support a rehabilitation centre for children saved from the street with drug problems.

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Pasticcino: the contagious dream of a young Argentinean entrepreneur

Gonzalo Perrín is the director of Pasticcino, one of the companies of Solidaridad EoC Business Park – the expansion of the plant has barely been finished and he is already embarking on new projects.

by Carolina Carbonell

160621 pasticcino01As he cut the ribbon inaugurating the new additions to Pasticcino, Gonzalo Perrín first thanked everyone present, and especially the 19 employees who make up the team, then he told a story that he had never thought he would reveal about the contract with Starbucks (which has become the first multinational client of the company by now). "One day a group of Japanese people came to visit the Mariapolis Lia. No one knows why they came here. I was with my father and Germán Jorge when they called us to welcome these people who were interested in the Economy of Communion: we met them and, typical of the Japanese, they wanted to know all about the factory.

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AIPEC: an economy “for” the others

The Italian Entrepreneurs’ Association for an Economy of Communion (AIPEC), is an organisation of businessmen who imbue their economic activity with the values of EoC. Livio Bertola, current president explains more.

Published in Focolare.org on 20/05/2016

Livio Bertola 01“The inspiration to form the Italian Association of Entrepreneurs for an Economy of Communion (AIPEC) goes back to 2012, during what seemed to be the worst economic crisis in Italy. It was then that a group of businessmen, members of the EoC, felt they had to react. The first step was to see if there were possibilities for their businesses to work with one another.

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Life stories from the EoC world: the good game

The testimony of Lucas Longhi, a young Argentinean member of the EoC, who accompanied one of his employees in his struggle to overcome gambling addiction

by Carolina Carbonell

160419 lucas1While the "Slotmob" campaign is extending in Italy, calling on citizens to defend the "good game" and combat gamble dependence and poverty resulting from it, Lucas Longhi, the young Argentinean director of an EoC company managing bars has engaged in a one-on-one operation, entering "in the game" for one of his workers:

"Like every day, I left home early and accompanied my wife to take the bus before going to one of the bars that I manage. Upon my arrival, I noticed that one of the employees had not come: I began to do his work together with the others, and I left my own tasks for later.

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Two businesses, one story of communion

Livio Bertola and Enrica Bruneri are business people linked by the Economy of Communion and by running businesses that were begun by their parents.

published in Focolare.org on 21/03/2016

Famiglia Bertola rid“I’ve been running the family business for more than 40 years,” says Livio from the Italian Province of Cuneo (Italy). “Along with me there is my wife, our 4 children and my sister. Along with our 28 employees we deal in galvanic treatment of dumbells, tanks, motorcycles, mufflers, automobile parts, fitness equipment, and so on. The chrome coating is good for appearance, but most of all for preventing rust. For several years now our business has been applying the values of the Economy of Communion, a project which joins the need to generate profit with the aspiration to help the needy and put people at the centre of things. This goes for employees, between shareholders, with clients, providers and competitors.

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Coffee and Soul

Representing a group of Spanish entrepreneurs, Paco Toro and Miguel Muñoz travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to evaluate the feasibility of a joint project for the production and marketing of coffee.

by Isaías Hernando

160305 cafe congo18 January 2016. Fourteen hours and only 500 km separate Lukula from Congo's capital, Kinshasa. It was a long but interesting journey which begun under the sign of insecurity: the suitcases with medicines and change of clothes were lost during transit at Douala airport and arrived only five days later.

Along the way beautiful, exuberant vegetation can be seen, but not even a tractor, not to mention well-equipped agricultural establishments. There are also some coffee plantations, but semi-abandoned due to the fluctuation in the price of raw materials in international markets. Despite their characteristic joy, their hospitality and the enormous wealth of their culture farmers of this area of ​​the Congo and their families live as they can, constantly facing great hardships and need.

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United Nations Video

This short video was shot in occasion of the EoC presentation in the February 2012 UN Conference on Poverty Eradication.

 

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Presentation by Luigino Bruni to the Faculty of the Ateneo De Manila University. Manila, Philippines, September 23, 2011

Guidelines for conducting an EoC business

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The economy of giving

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«Unlike the consumerist economy, based on a culture of having, the economy of communion is the economy of giving.... 

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