(Part 67)


September 16, 2015

One of the 4 pillars of LCSC is Live Full, which is our work with the poor, done through the No One in Need (NONe) movement. Among the many components of NONe is livelihood, and among the many components of livelihood is cooperatives. We intend to set up cooperatives in our Restoration Villages (RV), in our Mission Villages (MV) and also introduce them to parishes and publics. We already have working and flourishing models.

After the first salvo of setting up small localized cooperatives that provide goods that are most needed by households, the next level is setting up cooperatives that would engage in wholesale trade, getting substantial discounts from producers/manufacturers and passing on savings to the retail coops. Then there will be a third level, where we would form cooperatives that would engage in production. For example, an LCSC cooperative would produce rice and process it, another LCSC cooperative would package and distribute, and the other retail cooperatives would pass on to consumers.

We cannot wait on government, that often is riddled with corruption and have other non-agricultural priorities, often catering to big business and not to the small-time poor. But we also do not need to wait on government. God’s people can provide for the needs of all, so that there is no one in need.

This area is also our way of working at economic liberation, not just to liberate the poor from dire need of even basic essentials for life, but also to bring God and spirituality into the whole realm of economics and business.


Pope encourages work of cooperatives

Catholic World News – September 14, 2015

Pope Francis met with directors and employees of an Italian credit union on September 12 and encouraged it and other cooperatives “to continue to be the motor that develops the weakest part of the local community and of civil society.”

In his audience with the Banca di Credito Cooperativo of Rome, which is commemorating its 60th anniversary, Pope Francis recalled the points he emphasized in his February address to Representatives of the Confederation of Cooperatives. He also highlighted the importance of subsidiarity in Catholic social teaching.

“This is subsidiarity: not to weigh down the institutions, and therefore the state, when one can confront problems with one’s own efforts, with responsibility,” he said to participants in the audience, which took place in the Paul VI Audience Hall.

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