Our overall goal is to reverse the unsustainable rural to urban migration,
through the development of comprehensive programs to repopulate villages.
The Global Challenge
Every week, 3 million people are forced to leave their villages.
They do not choose to settle in the cities voluntarily.
There is no local solution or response allowing the population to remain. Whoever is left without work, must leave.
Families are forced to migrate toward the cities where they often do not find a better future. There is no work, so they undertake subsistence jobs, lacking services and infrastructure.
The erroneous assumption that no one wants to live in the villages is installed in the global narrative. It is also assumed that these villages no longer can no longer attract a new population.
Due to the lack of alternatives, the migration tendency overwhelms the capacity of the cities, that become overcrowded. Social exclusion is created leading to violence. Internal walls are built. This tendency continues to rise and it is considered irreversible.
The United Nations estimates show that by 2030, 85% of the world’s population will live in cities (2014) and take actions for urbanization.
Governments do not invest in the villages nor in infrastructure or socio-economic development. They falsely assume that “no one wants to live in the villages” and that the village “does not offer any opportunities”.
40 trillion USD are thought to be invested in the “urbanization” of cities around the world.
No amount is published yet for the serious investments needed in rural areas.
Governments attempt to provide a solution in the cities (the consequence) instead of facing the real cause. Far from solving the problem, the urbanization of overflowing cities only aggravates it, promoting greater migration movements.
At the same time, the villages that are losing their population do not know how to visualize their potential or stop the exile of their inhabitants.
The cities are overflowing. Migration becomes visible on an international scale.
60% of the millions of immigrants who arrive in Europe have mobilised for economic reasons. (European Commission 2019)
Millions of people seek refuge in a new city that offers peace and work. The receiving countries create walls and barriers. Some wish to return to their home country but are still waiting for measures to succeed.
Millions of people risk their lives and the lives of their children daily, migrating internationally in search of a better place that offers peace and work. There is still no solution for this dramatic reality we face.
Governments all over the world are only investing their resources into cities. This leads to the fundamental unsustainability of cities in the long term.
read more about 40 trillion USD in urbanization (citigroup) / Investing Megatrend / fat.org Rural areas, too long seen as poverty traps.
Against the global mainstream and disbelief,
our foundation developed a model for groupal sustainable migration to villages.
We stand for “ruralization”. The program Welcome to my village promotes and carries forward the planned migration of a group of underprivileged families with school aged children from the big cities to the small peaceful rural villages. The village is mapped, the business opportunities are visualized, and families with a profile matching the opportunities subscribe to the program and enter the selection process.
The Government is a key partner, investing in new homes and other infrastructure needed, such as electricity infrastructure or sewerage.
The immediate outcome of the program is the improvement of the quality of life of families migrating to the village while fostering the sustainable growth of the village and filling the existing business niches and opportunities. Thus, the revitalized village, halts and reverses its stagnation and the exodus of its population.
Building capacity, empowerment and self management for the integration and economic growth are the pillars of the program. It allows the community to express its wishes and carry out its dreams of a sustainable and just development into the future.
The Pilot Project in Argentina
To proof the concept, our foundation chose Argentina, a country where 92% of the people lives in urban areas,
plagued by rural depopulation and hyperinflation.
Our first important task was to prove, families are willing to remain in the villages and even migrate from the cities back to the villages if they see a future there.
In our pilot project we demonstrated that the need for a program, that helps to bring families back to rural areas, was enormous. We were looking for 20 families and had 20’000 apply within weeks. When families were selected and had their business plan, the majority moved right away to the village to a rented home.
Our second important task was also to prove, that villages offer businesses opportunities for families that are not necessarily related to the agriculture business.
The program’s social and economic outcomes are outstanding. As recognition, ES VICIS has won the award of Banco de Galicia, and the program was proposed in the Chamber of Deputies in Argentina as a Program of National Interest. The media coverage for “migration to villages” was aired by hundreds of media including the BBC. Today, the pioneer entrepreneurs and their families live and work in the hosting village integrated with the neighbors, reinforcing social and economic growth. Families and neighbors happily share the experience, giving interviews and encourage to spread of this life-changing experience around the world.
Within less than 3 years, the newcomers established 23 new businesses, built their own 20 new homes and hired 26 employes.
The Expansion Model: Social Franchise
Our goal is to replicate our model worldwide and our strategy is to impulse change urgently: 3 million people migrate to cities every week (UN 2009), 1 billion people live in slums, rural villages suffer depopulation and don’t know how to stop extinction. ES VICIS developed a methodology with clearly defined steps. This model can be multiplied in parallel in many countries and different continents. We are ready to share our experience with governments and local organizations through consultancies and trainings. Our model enables local experts to replicate the successful program “Welcome to my village”.
For the creation of the internet platform we have partnered with Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. The replica internet platform will allow us to manage key information and distance trainings. It helps also to evaluate the performance of our partners.
Anything is possible when we join our efforts!
BE THE CHANGE.