Makkies: Jenny Elmont, Amsterdam

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Jenny Elmont is one of a growing number of Amsterdam residents earning Makkies through community work.  In Jenny’s case, this involves accompanying the elderly to the doctor or supermarket: “in this way”, she says, “they feel safer in the street”. Jenny also helps out with needle work activities in a local retirement home. She saves   …Continue Reading


Makkies: Moustapha El Jarmouni, Amsterdam

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Moustapha El Jarmouni runs a chess club in the Makassarsquare district in East Amsterdam. Here, he talks of the ways CCIA partner currency the Makkie has helped him. “People can earn Makkies at the chess club I run”, says Moustapha. “I need volunteers for every activity that I organize: for the bar, for supervision, for tidying   …Continue Reading


TradeQoin: Manoushka, Amsterdam

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Manouschka Botts is the founder of Amsterdam-based company CarCleaners.nl. Over the last few months, she has been using CCIA partner currency TradeQoin with her business.  Explaining why she decided to use TradeQoin, Manouschka explained: “We have a number of cleaners on contract and during low season they have less work to do. I can therefore   …Continue Reading


More Bang for your Brixton Bucks – Meet the Brixton Pound’s Brixmas Competition Winner

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Last weekend, Brixton hosted its second annual Small Business Saturday event. Everyone using Brixton Pounds got 20% off a range of products from local businesses, but Paul Melbourne got even more bang for his Brixton bucks, winning B£250 by getting friends to sign up for a free B£ pay-by-text account. To see what he spent   …Continue Reading


Christmas comes early to Brixton with Small Business Saturday

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  Last Saturday saw Brixton’s second Small Business Saturday – an annual event run by a grassroots campaign encouraging people to shop in local, small, independent businesses across the country.  Among the hundreds of shoppers, Paul Melbourne undoubtedly got the most bang for his Brixton bucks, having won B£250 for signing up the most people to the currency’s “pay-by-text”   …Continue Reading


Miss Spice’s “Change that is Meaningful” Conference? Catch up with this video.

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If you couldn’t make it along to Spice’s “Change that is Meaningful” Conference in Cardiff earlier this month, not to worry. You can catch the highlights below. Check out Spice’s Youtube channel for more videos.


Video: E-Portemonee in Hasselt

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See how residents in Hasselt are using e-Portemonee, a CCIA partner currency:  


Video: What is the E-Wallet?

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Great new video from our partner Limburg.net who are running the pilot currency E-Portemonnee or “E-Wallet” over in East Belgium.   Find out more about the scheme…


Event: Currencies say yes to recycling

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Event: 18th & 19th Sept 2014, Hasselt, Belgium Next month Belgian currency pilot E-Portmonnee will host our Nantais colleagues and representatives from 6 other European cities to discuss how currencies can be designed to facilitate better sustainable waste management systems. This meeting has been possible through CCIA linking up with the EcoWas project who are   …Continue Reading


Residents nominate Brixton heroes

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This year, to mark its fifth birthday, we want the B£ to put the spotlight on these people and give them the ultimate immortal accolade – presence on a new special edition B£ note. It’s your choice Who are these people? That’s for you to decide. Please email [email protected] with the word HERO in the   …Continue Reading