The 22nd of January, we received a special visit from Hugo Florez Timoran (resident representative of the IDB of Argentine), Mariel Sabra (MIF), Erika Molina (MIF), Juan Pablo Torra (Gas Natural Fenosa) and Silvia Villalva (Banco de la Ciudad). They participated to the Neighborhoods Developer Workers of the Neighbors’ Union and Future Trust Funds and members of the FPVS also. The objective of this visit was to present the project Barrios de Unión y Futuro to potential co financiers and equally the advance of the Neighbors’ Union in Action Trust Funds.
The interaction between the visitors and the neighbors was excellent and there was a rich dialog between all the actors in relation to the challenges, achievements and experiences accumulated during the process.
The neighborhoods developers spoke about the work realized during its course and about the impediments that have been faced. Mercedes said: “We (the neighbors) are not used to working together, because it is atypical, it’s a totally contradictory thing to the normal model, where the municipality brings the gas service.
This model is ours and is going to cost much less (…).Achieving this union and this participation is the most difficult part.” (DB of BUyF).
Moreover, they spoke about how well the project was received between the neighbors: “We have already carried out the pre-adhesion work; we have received very good answers from the residents. The neighborhoods have been door knocked, house to house, to see if the people are consent to the project, and we already have the agreement of 60% of residents which we need to go forward. This is something very important”. (Lili, Asistente COF, BUyF).
During the exchange, they thought about the consolidation of the model during the implementation of the UVA’s project. As Maria said: “they were all achievements and lessons learnt, in BUyF it will be different, and it is not going to be the same as in FUVA. It’s like going to the gym : the first classes hurts your muscles, but with practice one goes getting used to it. In this gymnasium you have already experience (…) and now we know better the model (…) we are in the third class and we are doing great ! They were all learning that we did together and on the march (…) there is a way opposite all, but together we will make it.
Hugo (IDB) spoke about the dynamism and the innovation of the model, highlightiongthe importance of communicating the testimonies of the beneficiaries to be able to answer it in the other communities. He said: “I hope that they will have more private companies y more banks (…). I hope it will be answered. It is important to show to people that it can be realized thanks to the testimonies. I want to congratulate them and give them courage for the next steps! You guys are making new paths!” paths him!
All the participants think that the gas’ project is the first step towards the Neighborhoods development and also in the importance of the social organization. Raul (Director of the FPVS) said: “if we only achieve the gas networj neither the FPVS nor the bank will have fulfilled with its mission. The aim of this project is to develop a new model which allows to the neighbors to transform their neighborhoods.
Silvia of the Banco de la Ciudad, a potential co financier of our project BUyF, closed the meeting expressing her desire to communicate to the Bank the essence of what the FPVS and the neighbours are doing do. Shee said: “I hope to be a good messenger when I communicate to my co-workers everything i`ve seen here today with you”.