Mapping of the social and solidarity economy of Peru
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The Social and Solidarity Economy of Peru (SSE) organizations, of production, and consumption at the regions of Peru have developed important micro local levels of articulation, yet not at the national level. The production is mainly for the local and regional market. Some larger SSE organizations allocate their production to the foreign market. SSE are not centralized and do not count with national representation yet.
Through SSE projects, lives of thousands of people and families in poverty, social exclusion or in danger of returning to poverty have been guaranteed. The Comedores Populares (Popular Soup Kitchens) of Lima are examples of the contribution of women who participate in social struggles and provide food to their families and to social movements, which collectively guarantee the right to food. The 2013 data show that 150 thousand members manage 2,775 self-managed Popular Soup Kitchens and another 1,930 are subsidized with food by the State.
The contribution of Social and Solidarity Economy organizations (Local Initiative Groups, GIES) in local spaces has helped to establish agreements with local authorities, municipalities and the population, becoming new actors of local development that generate employment, demand inputs, establish human relations, and generate channels of commercialization and distribution. This form of creating synergies among local actors contributes to social fabric in spaces where actors meet, not only at economic level, but also in daily live.
The SSE helps to build the new man and woman, in a new locality, in a new region, in a new country, in harmony with nature. Where the « new » is what we are building in local spaces, is not something « imported », but something vital, born of personal and dynamic needs. It is a way to be creators and builders.
The organizations of Social and Solidarity Economy of Peru do not count with the support of the state, nor of the private sector. A Law of Social and Solidarity Economy as a framework for public policies that support and promote the development of the SSE is required.