Contribute to a solidary economic system

by Asociacion cultural de intercambio de Costa Rica


Banco de Tiempo contributes to an alternative economic system based on the exchange of services and activities, with time as the only form of payment. By facilitating a network of exchanges for people living in the metropolitan area of Costa Rica, we help to create a community based on solidarity, honesty and trust. The activities and services provide a possibility of learning, developing and enhancing well-being among our members without the use of money.
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We are living in a world, that is ruled and controlled by money or more precisely by the people who own it! Money is always the mean of exchange in our current economic system: whether we want to participate in some social activities or simply widen our horizons by learning something new. In a wider sense this is resulting in an unequal contribution to society. People in possession of money can simply "take" and do not have to "give", whereas people with fewer means are always in disadvantage.


We are helping in contributing to an alternative economic system by offering a platform where people can contact each other for exchanging services and activites without the necessity of money. We are supporting people in Costa Rica's Metropolitan area who often feel lonely and where money determines their boundaries of social activities and further education. Furthermore we are organizing monthly social workshops to strenghten this community as well as to raise awarness of solidarity.

Long-Term Impact

Our initiative aims to establish an equal contribution to society and a contribution to an alternative economic system, where people with fewer means are not always in disadvantage. Furthermore we want to counteract against the widening gap of people in advantage and disadvantage of our social system, in other words the widening gap of rich and poor. With our awareness-raising campaigns we want to make sure that values such as solidarity, honesty and trust remain in people's mindsets.



Organization Information

Asociacion cultural de intercambio de Costa Rica

Location: San Jose - Costa Rica
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Banco de Tiempo
San Jose, San Jose Costa Rica
$1,483 raised of $8,000 goal
29 donations
$6,517 to go
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