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Letters We Receive...

The following quotes come from some of the 7,000 people and families around the world taking part in the EoC project by sharing their needs but always within a relationship of substantial reciprocity.

These people choose, as do all participating in the EoC, to be part of the worldwide communion of the EoC. They have overcome their reluctance to let others know their financial needs with an openness as precious as the openness of those who decide to share their financial resources.

A peculiar meeting in Dubai: what happened later

Lorraine Lipson told us about the developments of the special experience she had at Dubai airport last May, on her way to Nairobi and back.

Our readers surely remember those really special meetings our Australian congress participant Lorraine Lipson 01 crop rid Lorraine Lipson had during her journey to Nairobi. We have been asked whether we know about the final outcome of the story of the young Kenyan woman who had been abused and robbed and whom Lorraine met at the Dubai airport and tried to help her find a job by looking up some contacts for her.

Recently, Lorraine has received some news from her via WhatsApp that she has forwarded to us as well to update us. “I received a beautiful New Year's message from her. She says she'll never forget what I did for her at the Dubai airport. She says she now has work even if it is poorly paid and she can support her family. Her 10 year old son can now go to school where he is a top student.

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Economy of Communion: on the side of the beneficiaries

From Brazil, cradle of the Focolare Project, the Economy of Communion (EoC), the story of one of the many families inserted in the programme of redemption from poverty that seemed to have no solution.

Published in focolare.org

151228 taguatingaIt is impressive to discover that not only is there no exploitation and unfair competition, but also no play on interest rates. These entrepreneurs, like those who have signed up for an Economy of Communion (EoC) – about a thousand throughout the world – pursue the objective of profits that ensure vitality and continuity to their businesses, and wish to live the ”culture of giving” according to the finalities of the project itself: to help the formation and education of the young generations towards this new mentality. Thus they freely and concretely place a part of their turnover at the service of the project.

Socoro and Gomes, Brazilians live in Taguantinga City, in the Federal District. They already had six children when he lost his job because he was an alcoholic.

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A meeting in Dubai

The story of an abused woman. The search for a job. The hundredfold and life capable of new beginnings

by Alberto Ferrucci

published in pdf pdf Città Nuova n. 13/14 (471 KB)  (471 KB) 10-25 July 2015 edition

We have just concluded the Fifth International Congress on Economy of Communion in Nairobi. Lorraine Lipson 04 ridIt was attended by entrepreneurs and scholars from five continents and many Africans, mostly young people. As you can read more in detail in the pdf  " pdf Economia di Comunione – una Cultura Nuova (Economy of Communion - a New Culture 2.34 MB) (2.34 MB) ” attached to this issue, we like to think that this conference has been a true gift of God, a free gift but also a response to the much energy spent by many: difficulties as regards health, organizational commitment, overcoming the fear of terrorist attacks for Westerners and prejudices against Westerners for Africans; efforts of scholars to present the EoC with African cultural parameters and of entrepreneurs not to be satisfied by their company, but to share their expertise and experience to help fulfil the dreams of young Africans, some of whom arrived in Nairobi after a four-day trip.  

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Never Thought I’d Have to Ask

"Since the project to help people in need began, I always contributed with great joy. I never imagined that one day I would find myself among those in need of help. This year I cannot give my contribution; I can only communicate my needs with the certainty that in front of God both things have the same value: both are ‘giving’. I experienced that I am part of a big family in which sometimes we give and sometimes we receive.” (Brazil)


School and a Sewing Machine

"Thank God for the care that He provides for my 3 children and me. Thanks to the aid that arrives regularly, I could send my children to school and buy a sewing machine. This enabled me to work and take care of my family after my husband died." (Colombia)

I No Longer Hate the Rich

"The financial aid that I received allowed me to conclude my studies and to get to know the lifestyle of an EoC business. Since then, many things have changed inside me. Before, I had a deep hatred for rich people. I thought that they didn’t care about the poor and that they only cared about themselves. Today, I understand that love put in practice in a business changes everything.” (Philippines)

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United Nations Video

This short video was shot in occasion of the EoC presentation in the February 2012 UN Conference on Poverty Eradication.

 

Video - EoC in 5 words

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Presentation by Luigino Bruni to the Faculty of the Ateneo De Manila University. Manila, Philippines, September 23, 2011

Guidelines for conducting an EoC business

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The economy of giving

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«Unlike the consumerist economy, based on a culture of having, the economy of communion is the economy of giving.... 

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