Here we will look deeper into the experiences of those who received 1,000 FairCoin in the first part of the FairCoop Donation Campaign, in order to better contextualize the quantitative info detailed in our previous post and to end the promotional part of this phase of the campaign. You can be inspired by the good ideas and energy shown by some groups, by seeing how FairCoop's donations helped them. We also want to learn from past experiences to strengthen our relations with the non-profit groups with which we collaborate.
So we asked some of the 62 collectives who received donations to tell us about their experiences, and this is the feedback we received:
The first feedback came as a surprise to us: an ecological cooperative that grows food and buys products from other farmers for their shop decided to veto the use of FairCoin after receiving the donation (maybe surprising because they also have their own local currency). The nearest Local Node is trying to find out the reason for this decision and, if the cooperative still wants to stand by their decision, they will try to get these FairCoin back, so they can be taken back into the ecosystem.
Collectives like the P2P Foundation and Convivir para papar (Living together to Eat) are saving the money until they have better ideas for how to spend it. Although the ideal goal is to be able to make these FairCoin circulate, saving the donation till that chance arises is also a good option. Meanwhile, the Cátedra Libre de las Nuevas Economías (Open Course of New Economies) has already a plan to buy a film projector to share with their many local partners.
The Rebost Ca la Ganya (Ca la Ganya Pantry), which is a prosumer group forming part of the Ecoxarxa Safor-Valldigna (Safor-Valldigna eco-network), used the donation in a very productive way, improving their local circular economy, buying handmade drinks from Flor de Llibertat (Freedom Flower), as well as handcrafted libertarian shirts from Samarrilleres (Guerrilla Shirts). They are also willing to establish regular local exchanges in FairCoin for oranges, wine and cheese, amongst other products.
We have also the experience of two collectives who lost their FairCoin when the police, in a politically repressive operation, confiscated their equipment and the physical devices used for backup. The total amount lost in their wallets – about 3,400 FairCoin – could have been very useful towards achieving their goals. Here is something we can learn: be prudent! If you use a wallet that can be backed up in a file, share that file with a partner or, maybe better, save it in a secure cloud. The simplest way might be to use Electrum, so the backup is just a group of 12 words. Fortunately in this case, at least the computers were encrypted, so the police got no money and no sensitive information.
Lastly, Morvedre en Transición (Morvedre in Transition) exchanged their FairCoin with their members, and with the euros they raised, they bought 44 avocado tree saplings and a pruning saw, investing in the self-sufficiency of the libertarian farming cooperative Frutopia. That's nice!
So, why don't you take a look at all the things that you can buy with the donated FairCoin (https://market.fair.coop) or think about inviting any potential new suppliers to make this a bigger and better collective project? The new campaign's requirements means that we will keep in touch more closely with the collectives who receive the donations, and in the forum you can see that our newest applicants to date have very good ideas about what to develop with their brand new FairCoin.
Would you like to be next? :)