Argentina: Social inclusion project and model of a new economy

Victor Hirch, SVD

Father Bishop Jorge Novak, SVD, Servant of God, founded the Children’s Homes Madre Teresa de Calcutta in Quilmes Diocese, Buenos Aires. For several years, Brother Victor Hirch, SVD, has been in charge of the Children’s homes and is concerned about the social inclusion of young people who leave home; he decided to start, together with others, the social enterprise PROCOSO SRL.

PROCOSO SRL is a “Social Economy” company guided by solidarity and social commitment values. The company was established in November 2020, based on the reflection of labor insertion and economic contribution from an NGO dedicated to the social insertion of children and young people housed in Children’s Homes.

The company comprises the young graduates of Children’s Homes Madre Teresa de Calcutta. It is monitored and managed by people inspired by solidarity and managerial capacity values.

Our inspiration stems from the fact that we are capable and can encourage commercial initiatives and that it is possible with support and dedication to encourage socio-labor insertion processes that stimulate and strengthen capacities, as well as contribute financially to social and solidarity works from our work.

We sell food, drinks, hygiene items, cleaning, and bazaar; we distribute and install solar energy equipment.

The same partners, young graduates of the Children’s Homes Madre Teresa de Calcutta, are the ones who support and encourage the company. Inspired by solidarity and social commitment, we establish a close bond with our clients.

The profits, which arise after assuming the costs of the activity, are divided into two: 50% for the partners, and the remaining 50% is used in halves to consolidate the action and contribute to social and solidarity initiatives.

Based on the conception that there is “another possible economy” that is at the same time inclusive and supportive. Inclusive because it favors the realization and social insertion of vulnerable groups and supportive because it does not look at itself and its needs but feels part of a whole and contributes to the realization of community and social projects.