Collserola, a place for fostering the social and solidarity economy

Economy. Cooperatives allows more opportunities for people with functional diversity to integrate socially and find work.

L’Olivera is a cooperative that has run an agricultural project based on cooperative ideas at Can Calopa since 2010. This encourages opportunities for social and workplace integration cultivating vines and producing wine in Collserola.

Maria Dolors Llonch, who coordinates the Can Calopa project, explains the idea: “In line with the integration of our members, the aim of the cooperative is to manage the work of producing a wine made in Barcelona on three hectares of vines, recalling the Mediterranean’s millennial wine-growing tradition, while offering tools that develop the skills of the members.”

During a visit to the Masia Can Calopa, the First Deputy Mayor, Gerardo Pisarello, explained that the project managed by the L’Olivera cooperative “is a good example of the values of the cooperative movement, allowing people with functional diversity to integrate socially and in a working environment, while receiving support that gives them the tools for personal development”. He also noted that: “Collserola is an emblematic spot in the mountain axis and plays a key part in the city government’s commitment to foster other economies.”

The City Council’s aim is to prioritise support for the cooperative, social and solidarity economy, a broad category grouping cooperatives, workforce-owned companies, work-placement companies, associations, foundations and diverse experiences of a community economy in various fields, all based on values such as sustainability with the goal of creating quality employment that, in cases like Can Calopa, facilitates roadmaps for people with more difficulties to enter society and the job market.

 

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