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- Results-oriented trust has served as a motivation for solidarity among otherwise divided community members: When initiatives comprehensively (and thus effectively) address people’s needs, the latter are given new reasons to transcend discriminatory barriers and find themselves as partners of a joint project. Moreover, development initiatives that have operated for already long periods of time in a certain area use to take advantage of these results-based credibility and trust they have acquired within the communities after years of demonstrating effective outcomes as a resource to back up the setting of new initiatives in solidarity with them. Some donors or authorities, on their side, tend to get interested in cooperating with these initiatives because of the possibility they see to capitalize on their target communities’ trust on the initiative to work in the region.
- Systematizing and publicizing the processes and outputs of their projects (disseminating models and innovations)
- Setting up resources or personnel in charge of providing relevant information to the projects’ beneficiaries and supporters (hotlines, websites, portfolios, etc), connecting the latter with their recipients emotionally, which is an important factor for the continuation of their support
- Adopting schemes of parity funds, which ensure supporters that their donations are used sustainably.
- Establishing parity funds schemes that capitalize on the local contributions and address funders’ concerns about how the frequent lack of ownership of the programs by the beneficiaries tends to result in their investments being non-sustainable
- Systematizing the components, working methodologies and results of the initiatives’ models, showing supporters the effects of their contributions and demonstrating the initiative’s differentiated capacity to make them cost-effective (which would also help in gaining visibility and thus, further support for the initiative for the settling of new projects).
- The [This/the initiative]’s Solar Night Schools Program – A Relevant Contributor to the Right to Education Act’s Goals
- One of the problems facing the initiatives of the[This/the initiative] is the classism derived from the Hindu caste system. While in its practices the[This/the initiative] promotes overcoming these boundaries between groups, an alternative market project could provide new reasons for people to transcend these discriminatory barriers and find themselves as partners of a joint project. That happened in Espinal, where some partners have stated that these projects have infringed social barriers by different people sitting in one same place who are not used to sharing, because they are now part of the same organization.
- An alternative market system like the Tumin relies primarily on a capital which[This/the initiative] already possesses to a great extent, as perceived in the interviews with its beneficiaries: trust. The extensive experience and impact that the[This/the initiative] has had with the participants of its initiatives has created in them a high level of confidence in the Organization and their ownership of the projects, both of which are central elements (as became evident in our visit to Espinal and from our talk with the creator of [This/the initiative]s initiatives) for the success of a project that encourages the creation of unconventional economic means such as the barters.
- After many years of work in the region, the organization gained credibility among people, which allowed it to expand its area and purpose of intervention with a more comprehensive agenda for an integrated and sustainable community development.
- Work with partnerships both with the communities and with institutions abroad, from the public and the private sector, and with diverse development agendas. This enables the organization to expand these communities’ access not only to primary health but also to a wide variety of social programs that support one another with the transference, adaptation, and application of appropriate social technologies and also in terms of funding (x). It also benefits the foreign partners because they make good use of[This/the initiative]’s experience, know-how, and credibility in the region to access it.
- The credibility that the organization has gained among the people as a result of all of this time of work has allowed it to expand its area and purpose of intervention, with a more comprehensive agenda for integrated and sustainable community development,
- As mentioned in the[This/the initiative]’s section, donors’ support can increase if the recipient is able to convince them that whatever donation they make is going to be sustainable, which relates to beneficiaries’ ownership and participation in the projects but also to the organization’s capacity of finding means to sustain its programs, regardless of external support. Demonstrating to a donor a high capacity of fundraising certainly ensures their investment to be backed up by other’s trust on the Organization.
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- Confianza basada en resultados: Como ejecutábamos bien ganamos credibilidad y con ello más apoyos.
- Cómo convences de que es buen proyecto? Demostrando que es viable, original (diferenciación), aportando buenos argumentos (advocacy capacity), demostrando historial de éxito (empresa exitosa porque siempre ha utilizado los apoyos como prometido y ha tenido resultados: confianza basada en resultados), haciendo buena publicidad en el proceso, cultivando credibilidad.
- La sustentabilidad de[Esta/la iniciativa] es factible, en gran parte, a que hay muy pocos expertos en la materia y que el proceso de las autoridades hacendarias no es suficientemente transparente. Esta diferenciación le ha hecho de varios clientes que le han recomendado de voz en voz: “es un negocio noble porque siempre se necesita”
- La concesión fue otorgada por CONAGUA a[Esta/la iniciativa]A.C., al parecer en gran medida gracias a la credibilidad proyectada por uno de sus miembros asociados, un ingeniero con la experiencia de haber rehabilitado una barranca cercana
- While the study centered on the[This/the initiative] Project and the[This/the initiative] was explored only to complement its information, both initiatives’ central objective is reducing their communities’ dependency on the peso-based national economy, which is not guaranteeing that resources flow into their localities, pushing their inhabitants to migrate or live in poverty. By capitalizing on and promoting social trust and solidarity, the final aim of their project is to enhance social cohesion as the basis for improving the lives of the communities, which made these two cases of great help for exploring the significance and means for self-sufficiency.
The[This/the initiative] project operates in a rural area of Veracruz, Mexico, deeply affected by poverty and its cyclical causes and consequences, meaning: the dependence resulting from the lack of means of production (people work lands that are not theirs or sell foreign products to survive), the violence permeating the State in the context of the country’s war on drugs, social divisiveness based on class, ethnicity, etc. All this still persists, despite the extensive intervention in the area of various poverty reduction government programs. For that reason, and inspired by the[This/the initiative], which has operated from Mexico City since 1996 promoting alternative barter markets (of products and services), local university teachers in 2010 created an alternative market project popularly known as “The[This/the initiative] Project” as a tool to boost the local economy (promoting the circulation of goods which had no buyers due to the absence of conventional money in the place) and reduce external dependence (on resources and on the values from the printing and distribution of economic currency).
The Tumin is a voucher that is complementary to the peso, the Mexican currency. It seeks to support family income serving as a means of facilitating the development of an alternative exchange dynamic: the barter system (which actually used to be the traditional exchange system in the region).
Vouchers are used to exchange goods with value equal to (but not worth) 1 Mexican Peso ($ 0.08 USD approx.), backed up by the goods and services offered by its partners, which are listed in a directory so that its members can compromise to support each other. A coordinating team, which is rotatory (ensuring the equitable representation of and responsibilisation of all of the members) monitors and evaluates the project. It is made up of Commissions (education, communication, etc.) that are in charge of organizing various issues related to the project, ensuring its integrative character.
The community contributes with volunteer work (e.g. the promoters), the payment and collection of Tumins, facilities for holding the assemblies, a space for Tumin’s House (the project’s head office), and 5% of the value of the partners’ products sold at the Tumin’s House to cover administrative costs. They also contribute with their participation in assemblies and other meetings, and with the payment of the Tumin house’s staff. This participation has enabled the project to sustain itself so far, despite the organizers’ complaint about the difficulties they have had in gaining the trust of the people and enhancing their solidarity and participation, which they claim to be the result, mainly, of people’s habituation to gubernamental programs and corruption.