Latin America and the Caribbean

Who we are

RIPESS LAC is a continental network that brings together various community-based, associative, co-operative and mutual organisations as well as citizens’ movements that work towards the implementation of solidarity economy in Latin America. We contribute the production and sharing of resources and knowledge that creates the basis of an alternative movement to the current capitalist system.

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What we believe in

The mission of RIPESS LAC is to build and promote solidarity economy including the social and ethical dimensions in all economic activities. RIPESS LAC is convinced that the development of human capacities is essential to change the world and that it is possible to do so through the creation of solidarity-based networks.

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Areas of work


RIPESS LAC work focuses on four main themes:

  • Solidarity finance
  • Fair trade and responsible consumption
  • Advocacy and building public policies
  • Development of coordination and economic inclusion mechanisms

This is linked to the following objectives:

  • Contribute to strengthening SSE as a sustainable alternative and systemic change
  • Influence and jointly build public policy with social movements and thus put forward proposals for important socio-economic and cultural change at national and regional level
  • Communicate information from all SSE network actors and beyond
  • Strengthen reflection on and dissemination of SSE.

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Solidarity economy and fair trade meetings

RIPESS LAC has participated in the organisation of several meetings that brought together many SSE actors in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The 6 solidarity economy and fair trade meetings:

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All networks and national coordination bodies of solidarity economy and fair trade can become members of RIPESS LAC. This includes la Mesa de Coordinación Latinoamericana de Comercio Justo, la Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Pequeños Productores de Comercio Justo, la Rel UITA)

Thus far 13 countries have member networks in RIPESS LAC. In Central America: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Salvador. In South America: Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.

Pecosol – Plataforma de Economía Solidaria de Centro América

Countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica


Fórum Brasileiro de Economía Solidaria

Country: Brazil


Messe – Movimiento de Economía Social Solidaria de Ecuador

Country: Ecuador

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Grupo Red de Economía Solidaria del Perú (GRESP)

Country: Peru


Red de economía Solidaria de Republica Dominicana

Country: the Dominican Republic


Movimiento de Economía Solidaria y Comercio Justo de Bolivia

Country: Bolivia

Red Economía Solidaria Santiago

Country: Chile


Mesa Nacional de Trabajo cooperativo y solidario de Colombia

Country: Colombia

Mesa de Coordinación Latinoaméricana de Comercio Justo (MCLCJ)

Espacio ECOSOL

Country: Mexico




Executive Committee

The regional management committee of RIPESS LAC is made up of:

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If your territorial, sectorial or inter-sectorial network or initiative would like to join RIPESS LAC, you are more than welcome to join. Your membership would strengthen the visibility of your organisation at continental level and would enable you to share your experience and practice with others.

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