The 2001 economic crisis of Argentina led many factories to bankrupt, making many workers lose their job. In some cases, groups of workers resisted the closing of the factories, instead occupying them and continuing the production at the borders of legality in order to save their salary and support their families. Today, these “recovered” factories are the symbol of a new model of economy, the social economy, in which companies and civil society are closer than ever and the needs of the people as human beings and workers are respected. During the period of clashes, the workers received the support of the citizens and since they got back the right to produce “legally” they rewarded the people by opening their doors, allowing them to perform any kind of social activity, open to everyone. Among these factories, Chilavert graphic industry has been one of the symbols of the resistance and it is now a self-managed cooperative that produces profits and that leads the social economy movement in Argentina. Inside Chilavert there are many activities for the people, one of which is the bachillerato popular, a secondary school for adults who never completed their studies. This is an example of the success of the social economy, being present in civil society. Since a few years ago, the certificated released by the bachilleratoshave been legally considered as the ones of a traditional secondary school.
Pompeya, Buenos Aires, Argentina
To create a popular library inside the factory in order to support the studies of the adults attending the bachillerato popular and open to all the people of the area