Brazil is a country of contradictions:
it has the biggest economy of South America (10th of the world) but has
also one of the worse income distributions in the world. Of its 180
million inhabitants, the poorest 20% receives 2% of the national
income, while the 20% wealthiest group receives 60%. STRO tries
to improve the living conditions of the poor and started therefore
several projects in Brazil together with its main partner InSTROdi.
InSTROdi is a strong, specialised local advisory organisation based in
Porto Alegre (Southern Brazil). InSTROdi plays a pivotal role in
organising, advising and (in some cases) implementing the individual
CompRaS In the southern state of Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul (RS), a system with the name CompRaS is being set up.
The CompRaS Association is the core organisation
in this project. An important partnership has been achieved with Banco
do Brasil, both at central and local level. The Guarantee Fund of RS
covers the risks of internal loans in the formal currency against a
cost of a one time 1 and ½ percent.
In June 2005, the first 50 companies became member of the network. More info…
C3 Paraná In Paraná (Southern Brazil) a Local Exchange Circuit is created to
address the housing problem both for the benefit of the homeless as
well as for the civil construction sector that has a serious problem of
unused capacity. More info……
Tobias Barreto Tobias Barreto is a small city in the Northeast of Brazil that uses its own currency: the ‘Topaz’.
The city council of Tobias is going to convert Reais into Topaz through
payments of salaries and social welfare and spending at local
companies. The people of Tobias can spend the Topaz at local companies.
The city council will continuously bring Topaz into circulation, making
the economic impact of the project permanent. More info…
Rubem Berta Mudanda a cara: facelift. Occupants and entrepreneurs in Rubem Berta, a
poor neighbourhood in the periphery of Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil,
decided to tackle poverty and crime themselves. The
local currency, “Rubi”, started to circulate in August 2004 and is used
for example to give people an advance in Rubi's to have their houses
painted. The painters get paid in Rubi’s and for their part can spend
their Rubi's on clothing, books and food on the regular 'Rubimarkets '.