The Sardex Factor

IRTA Barter Exchanges, Community Currency

Carlo Mancosu and a group of childhood friends founded Sardinia’s first local currency: Sardex. Arts and humanities graduates with little financial experience, they built it from scratch in their home town of Serramanna as the island reeled from the financial crisis. Their hope was that the project would give them a job in the place where they had grown up. …

IRTA & UC – The Need For A Balanced Perspective Manager’s Choice

IRTA Barter Articles, Community Currency, Complimentary Currencies, UC News

LinkedIn Post on the “Think Barter” Group by Ron Whitney on December 3, 2014 Dear Ian: The IRTA Global Board of Directors and the managing body of Universal Currency, (The UC Committee), issued a report on October 4, 2014 that refutes Mr. Logie’s so-called GETS UC Audit Report, and concludes that UC is financially strong and setting trading and revenue …

The Crime of Alleviating Poverty: A Local Community Currency Battles the Central Bank of Kenya

IRTA Community Currency, Complimentary Currencies

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt This piece first appeared at Web of Debt. Complementary currencies can help eradicate poverty. Proving that may be difficult in complex economies, due to the high number of factors influencing outcomes. But in an African slum with little of the national currency available, supplying residents with an alternative currency has a positive effect that is …

Community Currency Under Attack

IRTA Community Currency, Complimentary Currencies

An Informal Currency for Slum-Dwellers, or a Nefarious Separatist Plot? Nairobi | 06/18/2013 11:41am JASON PATINKIN | INFORMAL CITY DIALOGUES Bangla-Pesa notes, an alternate currency that helps stabilize slum-dwellers’ finances. Emma Onyango is a 40-year-old widow who supports eight children in a slum called Bangladesh near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. Only one child, a 14-year-old daughter, is hers. …