The focus of STRO’s methods is to encourage the circulation of locally
available purchasing power with the aim to create a healthy and dynamic
local environment as the basis for further socio-economic development.
A protective environment is created at the local and regional level in
which new entrepreneurs and economic activities have the opportunity to
develop, unhindered by world market competition and artificial money
scarcity. The most successful of these entrepreneurs will become
exporters. Those who do not have this potential can focus their skills
and talents on the local and regional market and, some of them may use
this environment to grow towards the outreach of the world market.
STRO promotes a sequence of complementary currency systems that fits to
the different levels of social and economic organisation. Each of these
have clear limits wherein the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
STRO has developed several systems:
Controlled Currency System (CCS): targeted
on informal businesses at community level to activate existing local
(productive) capacity and to create more social cohesion
Valuable Local Currency (VLC): targeted on
micro-enterprises with as target economic (and social) inclusion of
persons that are excluded from formal markets, resulting in better
living conditions and higher self-esteem. Part of the VLC is the so called “Bonus” method .
Circuit of Consumers and Commerce (C3) :
targeted on small and medium enterprises to reduce financial costs by
increasing the efficiency of the use of (national) money. The second
goal is to increase demand for products and services offered by the
members of the circuit.