MINCA FILMS

As documentary filmmakers, we produce great films for social enterprises and social and solidarity economy projects for a fraction of the cost. Our philosophy is to give a voice to the voiceless, so we film organisations and initiatives anywhere in the world to communicate what they are doing and their impact on society.

Some of the films made by Living in Minca have been screened at many international festivals. If you are looking for someone to produce a film to promote your work, contact us at livinginminca@gmail.com

If you want to find out more about our work, and/or learn about social enterprises and social and solidarity economy initiatives around the world, have a look at our films!

MILLION KITCHEN

Million Kitchen is an innovative Social and Solidarity Economy initiative that empowers women in Delhi, India. Wholesome meals home cooked by their chefs using fresh ingredients is their main service.

CIRCO PARA TODOS

Circo para Todos is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative created in Cali, Colombia, in 1995. Its mission is to support the social and economic integration into society of disadvantaged children and youth. By teaching them the circus arts as a profession, Circo Para Todos aims to empower them and offer a positive future path.

THE BIG LEMON

The Big Lemon is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative created In 2006 by a group of people that got together in a pub in Brighton to discuss public transport and decided to set up a local bus service which would be affordable, environmentally sustainable and a pleasure for passengers to use. So far they have achieved a very positive impact, see what Tom has to say about the ecosystem that they created.

SMW WHEELS PVT LTD

SMV is a Social and Solidarity Economy founded in 2010. SMV stands for Slow Moving Vehicle. We are a deferred payment cycle rickshaw social venture company. We offer a unique solution to cycle rickshaw drivers to become owners of their own vehicle by making just over a year of on time weekly repayments.

ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

ACFB is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative Founded in 1979, ACFB procures more than 60 million pounds of food and groceries each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties

SAPA O’CHAU

Sapa O’Chau is a social enterprise founded by Shu Tan, a young woman of the ethnic minority of the Black Hmong. The idea started off with Shu being a local guide speaking English and taking tourists to discover the remote villages of the minorities in Sapa. Soon she realized that responsible tourism could help the local communities economically but also would protect and safeguard their culture and tradition. Today Sapa O’Chau has grown to a successful social enterprise with the goal to improve the life of the minorities in Sapa by education and to preserve their cultures by making them accessible to tourists.”

RURALIVE

Ruralive is a Social and Solidarity Economy enterprise founded few years ago and supported by Muhammad Yunus foundation. It is a network of community-based rural ecotourism that connects travelers seeking life experiences and alternative tourism with rural families who open the doors of their homes to share their customs, cuisine, folklore, livelihood and other activities of the local culture

EKHI

Ekhi is a complementary currency established in Bilbao, Spain. It was created to empower the local community and offer a monetary alternative to the city and the region. It is actually innovative as there is a lot of strategies to be successfully on the market.

JAIPUR RUGS

Jaipur Rugs is a Social and Solidarity Economy business that combines the pursuit of profit with the spreading of kindness in a way that benefits all of stakeholders: consumers and their families, the artisans and their families, their employees, their suppliers, the buyers and channels they work with. Don’t miss out the inspiring story of Mr Chaudhary the leader and founder of this amazing project.

SHEROES HANGOUT

Sheroes Hangout is a Social and Solidarity Economy café founded to empower acid attack survivors. It is the world’s first café chain run by female acid attack survivors. Discover the inspiring story of these heroes and learn form these women how to overcome difficulties beautifully. Learn why is so important to be aware of acid violence!

STRUGGLING FOR RECOGNITION: THE WASTE PICKERS OF COLOMBIA

Millions of people worldwide make a living collecting, sorting, recycling, and selling materials that someone else has thrown away. Vital actors in the informal economy, waste pickers provide widespread benefits to their communities, their municipalities and the environment.

For the past 22 years, the waste pickers of Colombia have been fighting for recognition of their work. “There are no borders for those who fight,” is the slogan that symbolizes the struggle of the more than 15 million waste pickers, who are facing global threats – against their lives, organization and towards the environment.

ESCUELA NUEVA

Fundación Escuela Nueva is a Colombian Social and Solidarity Economy NGO founded in 1987 by the authors of the Escuela Nueva pedagogical model and the core team that pioneered and developed the program.

THE LONDON EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION

The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) is a Social and Solidarity Economy enterprise of 38 community nurseries across London, UK. LEYF reinvest all profit back into the business. This includes staff training and appreciation, continually developing their approach to learning, offering apprenticeships and growing their business so LEYF can reach more children and families from diverse backgrounds.

IMPACT HUB

Impact Hub is a global hub that incubates social entrepreneurs, social enterprises and social and solidarity economy initiatives. Discover the story of the impact hub.

CAMARI

Camari is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative founded in 1981 with the help of FEPP. Camari stands for a genuine Fair Trade practice. They trade with products that have great quality and are ethically and sustainably source.

ICS

ICS is a Social and Solidarity organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Vietnam. ICS’ mission is to empower the LGBT community, in order to protect their rights. ICS works towards a vision of Vietnam as a country where sexual minorities are treated equally, where everyone can live true to themselves, and make their best contributions to the development of society.

LA PITA

La Pita is a Social and Solidarity Time Bank and complementary currency. The idea was developed by an inspiring association. Time Banks are a really interesting practice! Discover what’s going on in Almería, Spain.

SMETUMET

Smetumet is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative founded in Ljubljana, Slovenia. They focused on slow living, recycling and re-purposing everyday objects into new and exciting things! Listen to Maya, one of the founders and discover how to turn garbage into something beautiful and glamorous.

SHELLS WOMEN ASSOCIATION

The Shells Women Association is a Social and Solidarity initiative founded in 2010 as an association in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Pollution, water contamination and extractives are key issues that shells pickers face everyday in their context. Multinational’s presence in the sector has increased high levels of pollution in the region impacting not only the local community, but also the natural resources.

ALROWWAD

Alrowwad is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative that was established in Aida refugee camp-Bethlehem in 1998. Alrowwad, initiator of “Beautiful Resistance,” is an independent, dynamic, community-based not-for-profit organization which strives to empower children and women by targeting behavior, knowledge, concepts and practices through creative and non-violent means.

WINDOW ON AFRICA

Edirisa UK runs community projects in a rural corner of south-west Uganda working to improve the living conditions of the Ugandan people. With an aim to eliminate a dependence on foreign aid by empowering local women, Edirisa UK drives cooperative business projects, focusing on local crafts. Edirisa UK’s objective for crafts has always been simple – to showcase and support the talent, culture and skills of local artists, to employ local people, and to offer the buyer a unique Ugandan product. All of the proceeds from their product sales go back into the community – funding education initiatives, health care, water harvesting and care for special needs individuals.”

REPUBLIKA MARZEN FUNDACJI ANNY DYMNEJ

Republika Marzeń Fundacji Anny Dymnej is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative registered as Social Cooperative (SC). It was established in November 2010. The slogan of this SC is “to dream spite everything”, in fact one of the members of the SC claims that dreams can come true and this represents the struggle of thousands of disabled groups in Poland.

BUTTERFLIES

Uganda has the world’s youngest population, with over 78% below 30 years. A large portion of these youngsters is struggling to survive in in the city, ending up dwellers in the country’s expansive slums. The Butterfly Project is an unique project in Uganda, which trains up young people from the most remote rural villages and disadvantaged urban slum districts to become social entrepreneurs, positioning them to play a leading role in nation building.

THE PONHEARY LY FOUNDATION

The Ponheary Ly Foundation is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative that promotes access to public educational opportunities and the health and well-being of children and young people in Cambodia’s Siem Reap and Preah Vihear provinces.

AROHANA: BUILDING THE NEW, EMPOWERING THE POWERLESS

Rural women are the most disadvantaged people in Indian society, where there is often a lack of access to productive assets and financial resources. Arohana that means ‘ascending’ or ‘climbing’ in Sanskrit is a social enterprise that provides highly productive dairy clusters and supports rural women with training courses in 34 villages in the Tamil Nadu region. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy. Not on fighting the old but on building the new” is the slogan that symbolises the fight of women in India to improve their lives as well as those of others around them.

ALTERNATIVE TOURISM GROUP

Alternative Tourism Group is a Palestinian Social and Solidarity Economy initiative specializing in tours and pilgrimages that include critical examinations of the history, culture, and politics of the Holy Land. It was established in 1995, ATG operates according to the tenets of “justice tourism”, that is, tourism that holds as its central goals the creation of economic opportunities for the local community, positive cultural exchange between host and guest through one-on-one interaction, the protection of the environment and political/historical education. ATG works to encourage all tourism operators to abandon exploitative mass tourism and to adopt practices that positively affect the host population. Through these methods, ATG seeks to promote a positive image of Palestine and its people and to contribute towards establishing rightful peace in the area. Since its establishment, ATG has provided its services to thousands of people from all over the world.

THE DWINDLER’S HOPE

The nation of Sri Lanka is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia. As farmers expand their crops and roads are built, the population of the island’s native elephants is decreasing alarmingly. This human-elephant conflict has seen the elephant population dropping down from 20,000 to just 5,000 in the last 100 years. Embracing social innovation practices, Millennium Elephant Foundation and Eco-Maximus work together to enhance the elephant habitat self-sustainably.

LA FIRA ALTERNATIVA

La Fira alternativa is a Social and Solidarity Economy initiative that congregates every year advocators, activists, social entrepreneurs, NGOs, charities, social enterprises, and etc. In this ‘social market’ individuals and communities are able to show case their projects, products and ideas.

THUSARE GOLDEN HANDS AND ZLOTKE RACZKI

Social and Solidarity initiatives founded and created to generate opportunities for disabled people, particularly the visually impaired. Do not miss the main actors talking about their projects.

SOCIAL ECONOMY FOR A BETTER GREECE

Since the world economic crisis of 2008, the Greek economy has contracted by 20%. In their search for solutions, Greeks are tinkering with a new kind of economy with little precedent in modern Europe. While these initiatives may not offer a long-term solution, and are too small to alter the overall shape of the economy, they represent a bottom-up effort to address an economic crisis and build a better Greece. Green Ways and BiosCoop are two examples of social economy initiatives in Thessaloniki.

UNLOCKING THE CAGE: COMPLEMENTARY CURRENCIES IN THE UK

“So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all Money?” The potential of local complementary currencies as an innovative response to austerity and recession has attracted considerable media attention, particularly in recent years with the rising unemployment, environmental degradation, community fragmentation and social exclusion.

These videos challenge the role of money and opens a debate about the responsibility of consumers bringing examples of two complementary currencies in the United Kingdom; the Brixton and Bristol Pounds and the impact they have on their communities.

OPEN DOORS FOR ALL: LA CIUDAD ACCESIBLE

“It is not individuals limitations that cause disabilities but the barriers that society places in the way of full participation for disabled people” is the slogan that symbolises the struggle of more than 3.8 million disabled people in Spain.

La Ciudad Accessible is a social enterprise that promotes the rights of citizens avoiding discriminatory situations by building friendly environments in cities. ‘La Ciudad Accesible’ is an example of good practice that has introduced interesting initiatives in the country as well as has created debates in public opinion and the social agenda of political parties, media and other public and private institutions.”.

THE SAGAS OF ICELANDERS: ANOTHER DIMENSION OF SOCIAL INNOVATION

Iceland represents an interesting case study to be examined in the world of the social economy and social enterprise. Although there is not a clear Icelandic definition of what the term ‘social enterprise’ means, overwhelming expressions of collectiveness, infinite symbolic representations of self-identity as well as a brand of new projected isomorphic forms of innovation can be observed in Iceland.

Icelandic beauty not only resides in the mighty of its nature, the inner wisdom of its ancient culture or simply the passion of its people in the outcry of self-liberation, but also it is perhaps the Mysticism of its own universe and the inherent motivation to do something amicably but simultaneously efficiently to overcome the current reality. This ongoing chapter in the sagas of social innovation trespasses its own myth transforming it into reality demonstrating the juxtaposition that “there are more things to be thought of by men than money alone“.

SINCHI SACHA: REVIVING THE HEART OF THE ANDEANS REGIONS

Sinchi Sacha represents the ancient culture of the Andeans regions. Social values are the core of its practice: Fair trade, collectivism, brotherhood, solidarity and total respect for the environment. Pre-Columbian culture and practices are vanishing gradually throughout time. Sinchi Sacha’s vision is to maintain, preserve and promote the indigenous culture of Ecuador. The organisation’s ethics are based on Fair Trade local practices within a solidarity economy structure. Sinchi Sancha’s museum it is not only a place to exhibit rich cultural heritage of art and handicrafts made by the ancient indigenous in Ecuador, but also it brings an opportunity to engage to the traditional Ecuadorian community of locally produced handicrafts and products handmade ecofriendly and ethical.

HAGAR CATERING

Hagar Catering currently produce over 20,000 meals daily for the employees and student of over 20 different companies, hotels, schools and factories. Our annual turnover is in excess of five million US dollars and we currently employ over 400 highly trained staff.