The goal was and is not simply to develop markets but to create a system of mutual-aid such that the community doesn’t need to depend on markets and national currency alone, while building community assets (social, spiritual, physical, governance, economic and natural).
Rural traditions in Urban Settlements
Margaret has been using CICs since they were introduced by the Kenya Red Cross during the 2020 COVID crisis and is a member of the Progressive disaster Response group in Mukuru Kayaba who have begun to revive traditional mutual-aid practices.
Wagur: The Evolution of Reciprocity in Indigenous Societies
“I never thought that I would get an opportunity like this: to be surrounded by so much love and support from my group. Wagur is a practice that I enjoyed as a young lady when I was married into this community." Benter Atieno
Comunity Inclusion Currencies for Food Security: Impacts of Grassroots Economics and WFP's Game-Changing Approach
Talib Mutogi, the Kitui-East area Chief praised the project, saying, "Mumo vouchers (CIC) have changed the lives of the people in my community. I'm happy to see people meet every week to trade using vouchers, creating trust amongst them. I'm grateful for the project and it's my prayer that it continues for the benefit of this community."
- By Janet Otieno
“We didn’t expect that it would mushroom to this extent,” says Dzeha. “Men have joined. Young people have joined. Almost all the recipients that I talk to belong to a group and are looking forward to starting a mwerya.”
Family Time Banking & Screen Time
If we think of the household or homestead as a small community – where we all have services we are offering each other – then creating promises toward those offerings (like doing chores) could result in receiving other offerings (like a limited allowance of internet or screen time). This sounds a lot like an economy. The word economy stems from the Greek – household management.
This year has been amazing – Rising up out of extreme challenges in 2020 and 2021 - we got our software, legal and implementation streamlined and seeing Community Inclusion Currencies (CICs) rapidly growing.
Beyond the $ merry-go-round - Traditional Wisdom of Mweria
Mweria is an ancient social contract of mutual aid – there is a debt to be paid by the person receiving the support – which is paid as they help others. It is a beautiful form of reciprocal exchange.
There is no other EVM chain (on which our software stack is built) that has agreed to let us be part of the infrastructure or has the last mile solutions, community and liquidity Celo offers.
Connecting and adapting financial instruments to social and bio-regional regeneration
It is wonderful to be among a community of practice that is connecting and adapting financial instruments to social and bio-regional regeneration.