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Working for Ethical Finance
flag Italy - (Associazione Comunitá Emmaus Villafranca)


Emmaus Villafranca and other groups co-organise awareness-raising events in Italy on the topic of ethical finance.

Today we are the hostages of speculative finance, it is a threat to our European democracies. This type of finance dominates in governments and in the lives of citizens.

Those in power have completed a vast transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to plundering financiers and have passed this off as being something legal.

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Ethical Finance- Right to dignified livelihood
flag India - (Tara Projects Association)


Tara is actively engaged in providing support to grassroots and marginalized persons in society by creating livelihood generation opportunities. Tara believes that ethical economy is vital for the peace and sustainability in our world. It is the right of each human being to have the possibility to get work, based on ethical and fair values. Skill development and capacity building trainings are also provided. Micro Credit initiatives is one of the important actions of the organization, that is helping the most needy to earn their adequate income in a respectable and dignified way.

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The Universal Right to Economic Initiative
flag Lebanon - (Association d'Entraide Professionnelle A.E.P.)


Through the chaos of war, AEP wanted turn individuals carrying out small projects into actors for development, facilitating social rehabilitation of those excluded and marginalised from the economic system. That is how the microcredit initiative, which also provides individual human support and technical assistance, started. Through this initiative, those who are excluded can become integrated into the economy and earn a dignified living from their work.

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Permanent Affordable Housing
flag United States - (H.O.M.E. Incorporated)


Our group has been working to provide permanent affordable housing and a means for creating community since its inception in 1970. HOME is located in an area where housing and land, especially waterfront property, has been slowly moving towards gentrification over the past few generations. It is now becoming very difficult for working class families to find decent living conditions in this part of Maine, especially permanent housing. Land is becoming a commodity rather than a community asset, with many people owning summer homes and cottages which see use for only a few weeks out of the year. This pushes the lower class into rentals or other sub-par and difficult living situations. Many families are forced to dislocate from the State where they have lived for generation after generation.

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LIVING TOGETHER
flag Belgium - (La Poudrière ASBL)


In 1958, following meetings with Christians and homeless people, two priests and one couple set up the La Poudriere community project in a deprived area of Brussels, around the Ninove city gate.

With the simple goal of “being present” and seeking out misfortune and friendship, from the very beginning each day was shared, meaning that the usual concept of charity and “working for” was replaced by a new form of solidarity: “working with”.
The project has been in operation ever since, allowing those in difficult situations to share their lives with those who are not. This happens through shared meals and work, and living in the same place but with private spaces.

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Strengthening the resilience of vulnerable communities.
flag Burkina Faso - (Solidarité et Entraide Mutuelle au Sahel (S.E.MU.S.))


The project covers seven communes of the province of Passoré and five communes of the province of Zondoma in northern Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa; nearly half of the population live on less than 1.25 USD per day (2013 Human Development Report).

In northern and central Burkina Faso, climate risks such as droughts and flooding exacerbate hunger and disease in manifold, interconnected ways, impacting on means of subsistence, food security, maternal and infant care as well as hygiene and health conditions. Climate change is set to continue eating away at the quantity of food available for a population that already ranks among the lowest food consumers in the world, and moreover, the number of malnourished children under the age of five is set to continue growing until at least 2025.

This is the context in which the project works to strengthen women’s resilience by equipping them with suitable technical knowledge and useful resources.

SEMUS opens daily, with support from its partners, out of a desire to help vulnerable communities flourish. It works to develop initiatives to combat poverty and abject poverty in all its manifestations. SEMUS’s vision is “a society of justice in which women and men come together in solidarity to promote equality and human dignity”.

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