Our very own alternative currency: social money and the monthly exchange market

Our very own alternative currency: social money and the monthly exchange market

Imagine going to the market… without bringing any money. In Matarraña, Spain, this has just become a reality: at the monthly markets organised by “Asociacion Eco Vida”, we barter, give away… and pay with an alternative currency, called Fura. 

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A forgotten aspect of self-sufficiency: the importance of community

A forgotten aspect of self-sufficiency: the importance of community

I had big dreams of self-sufficiency: generating our own power, catching rain water, growing our vegetables and fruit, and keeping chickens and goats. We'd be all self-reliant and have no need for anybody else. I couldn't have been more wrong. 

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