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Peru: communion cannot be implemented; it has to be generated in a common effort!

An account of Argentinean EoC entrepreneurs Germán Jorge, Aldo and Gonzalo Calliera Perrin's trip to Peru (Lima, 5-13 November 2016)

by Germán Jorge

161113 Pachacamac01On the outskirts of Lima there is a district that takes its name from the pre-Inca shrine erected to the god Pachacamac ("creator of the earth"). We came here with the goal of starting a productive activity, set up according to the practices of the economy of communion, whose profits could support a rehabilitation centre for children saved from the street with drug problems.

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Pasticcino: the contagious dream of a young Argentinean entrepreneur

Gonzalo Perrín is the director of Pasticcino, one of the companies of Solidaridad EoC Business Park – the expansion of the plant has barely been finished and he is already embarking on new projects.

by Carolina Carbonell

160621 pasticcino01As he cut the ribbon inaugurating the new additions to Pasticcino, Gonzalo Perrín first thanked everyone present, and especially the 19 employees who make up the team, then he told a story that he had never thought he would reveal about the contract with Starbucks (which has become the first multinational client of the company by now). "One day a group of Japanese people came to visit the Mariapolis Lia. No one knows why they came here. I was with my father and Germán Jorge when they called us to welcome these people who were interested in the Economy of Communion: we met them and, typical of the Japanese, they wanted to know all about the factory.

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AIPEC: an economy “for” the others

The Italian Entrepreneurs’ Association for an Economy of Communion (AIPEC), is an organisation of businessmen who imbue their economic activity with the values of EoC. Livio Bertola, current president explains more.

Published in Focolare.org on 20/05/2016

Livio Bertola 01“The inspiration to form the Italian Association of Entrepreneurs for an Economy of Communion (AIPEC) goes back to 2012, during what seemed to be the worst economic crisis in Italy. It was then that a group of businessmen, members of the EoC, felt they had to react. The first step was to see if there were possibilities for their businesses to work with one another.

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Life stories from the EoC world: the good game

The testimony of Lucas Longhi, a young Argentinean member of the EoC, who accompanied one of his employees in his struggle to overcome gambling addiction

by Carolina Carbonell

160419 lucas1While the "Slotmob" campaign is extending in Italy, calling on citizens to defend the "good game" and combat gamble dependence and poverty resulting from it, Lucas Longhi, the young Argentinean director of an EoC company managing bars has engaged in a one-on-one operation, entering "in the game" for one of his workers:

"Like every day, I left home early and accompanied my wife to take the bus before going to one of the bars that I manage. Upon my arrival, I noticed that one of the employees had not come: I began to do his work together with the others, and I left my own tasks for later.

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Two businesses, one story of communion

Livio Bertola and Enrica Bruneri are business people linked by the Economy of Communion and by running businesses that were begun by their parents.

published in Focolare.org on 21/03/2016

Famiglia Bertola rid“I’ve been running the family business for more than 40 years,” says Livio from the Italian Province of Cuneo (Italy). “Along with me there is my wife, our 4 children and my sister. Along with our 28 employees we deal in galvanic treatment of dumbells, tanks, motorcycles, mufflers, automobile parts, fitness equipment, and so on. The chrome coating is good for appearance, but most of all for preventing rust. For several years now our business has been applying the values of the Economy of Communion, a project which joins the need to generate profit with the aspiration to help the needy and put people at the centre of things. This goes for employees, between shareholders, with clients, providers and competitors.

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Coffee and Soul

Representing a group of Spanish entrepreneurs, Paco Toro and Miguel Muñoz travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to evaluate the feasibility of a joint project for the production and marketing of coffee.

by Isaías Hernando

160305 cafe congo18 January 2016. Fourteen hours and only 500 km separate Lukula from Congo's capital, Kinshasa. It was a long but interesting journey which begun under the sign of insecurity: the suitcases with medicines and change of clothes were lost during transit at Douala airport and arrived only five days later.

Along the way beautiful, exuberant vegetation can be seen, but not even a tractor, not to mention well-equipped agricultural establishments. There are also some coffee plantations, but semi-abandoned due to the fluctuation in the price of raw materials in international markets. Despite their characteristic joy, their hospitality and the enormous wealth of their culture farmers of this area of ​​the Congo and their families live as they can, constantly facing great hardships and need.

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Malta: the challenge taken and won by "The Voice"

A visit to “the Voice School of English” in Malta: one of the very first EoC businesses distinguishes itself by giving priority to the relationship with students

by Anouk Grevin

The Voice 02Coming down from the bus we immediately spot ““The Voice School of English”, situated in Pembroke, a few metres away the sea. The modern and spacious Malta National Sports School houses the Voice during the summer months. Andy, who co-ordinates the students’ visit to Malta, greets us with a big smile. She does not only know all the students by name, as actually all the teachers do, but she makes it a point to see that they receive the care and attention needed, while she works very closely even with the host families to ensure the comfort and well-being of each student.

Together with Andy there is Vivienne, who has been working at The Voice since its very beginning 23 years ago; Maria, who after a long career in the Ministry of Education now offers her expertise as head of school, and Marilyn, who joined the school staff two years ago as director of studies.

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Montréal: Relocating to a New Office, Together

Governance of communion: a concrete experience

Posted on eocnoam.org on October 15, 2015

Anne_NIC_100My name is Anne Godbout and I started Spiritours, a tour operator specialized in spiritual journeys and pilgrimages, in 2003, as an EoC business.

Before the end of last year, we had to find a new office space as our lease ended December 1st, 2014. I gave birth to my first born in May 2014 and was on maternity leave. Up until October I found very little time and energy to visit office spaces for rent with my little one, therefore employees started to worry since I hadn’t confirmed anything… I started doing more visits, then rumors started to go around in the office that I was looking for a space close to my house and some employees didn’t like this idea because it was far from their home.

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Novi Sad, Serbia: Easykit Serbia Inaugurated

A project conceived just over one and a half years ago and announced on EoC Report 2013-2014 reaches completion. An interview with entrepreneur Koen Vanreusel

by Antonella Ferrucci

150829 Novi Sad Inaugurazione Easykit 03 ridWhat's more pleasant than entering into the warmth of your own home on a cold winter evening? In Belgium, for over 20 years now, you can have a good heating system installed (with excellent output) thanks to the EoC company Easykit nv. Since 29 August in Serbia, in Novi Sad, you can do the same through Easykit D.O.O: the dream of Koen, Kris, Johan and Attila has come true.

This is a project that had begun to take shape at the EoC congress held in Ottmaring, Germany in October 2013. For the first time, EoC entrepreneurs from Northern and Eastern Europe held their congress together.

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Economy of Communion on the roads of Poland

The Complex Projekt has been projecting roadways and bridges for thirty years in Katowice, Poland. The story of one business owner who runs his company according to the principles of the Economy of Communion.

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published in Focolare.org on 02/07/2015

ComplexProjekt Polonia ridEveryone who experiences its effects says that the Economy of Communion (EoC) is a way of life, more than a way of running a business. And it is precisely for this reason that the most diverse businesses decide to administrate their activities in the full spirit of the EoC. Complex Projekt, which is in the business of projection and construction of roads, motorways and bridges, is also an EoC.

In 1990, when the EoC began in Brazil, the business was in trouble. The removal of the communist regime raised strong doubt and uncertainty, and the transition to a capitalist system generated constant questioning and mistrust. The very concept of private property created uncertainty and discomfort in entrepreneurs.

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Maria do Carmo Gaspar: “A Pioneer of the EoC”

Last December 22, one of the founders of the EoC company “La Tunica”, the first company to be installed at the Polo Spartacus left us.

Maria do Carmo Gaspar 01 ridI wanted to form a stable family that could make a contribution to humanity.’ A dream come true during the 72 intense years lived by Maria do Carmo Gaspar from Brazil, one of the pioneers of the Economy of Communion.

She was born in Araraquara (SP, Brazil) in 1942. She got married to Rosario at a young age. After a few years they achieved a good social and financial position.
 ‘But,’ as she herself explains, ‘little by little I became too fond of my own ease. I became insensitive to the spiritual dimension, and gradually our marriage got into a crisis.’ It was at this time that she came across some people bearing witness to the fullness of life lived according to the Gospel. It was a light that revolutionized her life and that of her family. Around them, a living community was born. Then, suddenly, an accident claimed the life of Rosario, her husband.

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