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Supporting the Solidarity Economy

Thousand Currents participated in and supported a Regional Agroecology Learning Exchange in Chiapas, Mexico, from September 24 to 26. Dozens of participants from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Cuba, Canada, US and Brazil attended, representing community-based organizations, social movements, advocacy-oriented groups, and philanthropy. This exchange, hosted and organized by our partner DESMI, focused on the intersections between agro-ecological practices, food sovereignty and the solidarity economy model.

The solidarity economy is a new way of identifying and articulating numerous variations of transformative economic values, practices, and institutions that exist in the United States and globally. It is also the process of uniting these various forms of transformative economics in a network of solidarity, especially with the oppressed. It involves the search for the integral development of the individual and his/her community, and functions on the principles of respect for nature and human beings, the right to work, education, health, rest, and a dignified life, the importance of cultural values as a people, mutual support, and the construction of democracy.

In the Solidarity Economy market, the market is a space for the interchange of goods at a fair price with just relationships and constituting a means of creating development. Technology and the financial resources are instruments for work and production. Natural resources are raw materials for production, the basic means to contribute to the development. Within the model, exists a consciousness of respect for nature and the knowledge that natural resources aren’t of an unlimited supply; therefore they require planning, preservation and sustainable use so they can be used by future generations.

~Alma Cecilia Omana Reyes and Jorge Santiago, of DESMI

Here is an interview of Jorge Santiago, talking about the solidarity economy, in Spanish and in French.

Thousand Currents is proud of our partnership with DESMI and pleased to support the creation of alternative economic models that respect the rights of the planet and its people.

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