ES VICIS Foundation
For decades, people around the world have been moving for economic reasons into cities, hoping for a better life that their home villages do not seem to offer. As a result, today 54% of the global population lives in cities and, according to the United Nation, is expected to increase up to 66% by 2050. As a consequence of this mass migration we have witnessed the rise of mega-cities and fast growing shanty towns, where these migrants, often living in precarious housing and lacking jobs, living day-to-day on a survival mode, are trapped in a cycle of poverty.
A secondary effect of this migration is that rural villages, despite having the potential to expand and grow their economies, are often failing to develop because of a shortage of manpower, products and services.
Created by global social entrepreneurs, ES VICIS is a non-profit organization based in Switzerland with tax exemption status. The founders have seen the need to social innovation to give a solution at this worldwide problematic, and in order to find a sustainable one, they worked out the key, which is the economic cause, that drive migrants to move.
ES VICIS designs cooperation programs, that promotes and supports the migration of entrepreneurial underprivileged families living in big cities, towards small villages.
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 exodus.
The program allows the community to express its wishes and carry out its dreams of a sustainable and just development into the future.
The programs integrate key partners of different sector (civil society organizations, government, communities, private and public organizations) to promote and carry forward the planned migration of families from the big cities to the small villages.
The first program, in Argentina, country with 92% of people living in urban areas, shanty towns with 30% of poverty, and alarming rural depopulation, is named “Welcome to my village”. This pilot project is considered a huge success and got the national and international media attention. 20.000 families applied to move to a rural village when only 20 were sought. The Congress of Argentina petitioned (April 2017) the declaration of the ES VICIS program as “Program of National Interest” aiming for the replica nationwide.
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