Join us for the evening for this practical training organized by Co-operate WNC
(a regional mutual aid network), Transition Asheville, and Lenoir Rhyne University.
A community savings pool is a resource-sharing technique whereby a trusted group of 15-25 people
pool their individual savings and then collectively loan money to each other for personal needs and
goals, community projects, business startups and expansions and so on.
Co-operate WNC has identified savings pools as one of the most powerful strategies to
pursue its mission: empowering a regional society of local organizers to grow a mutual aid
network of physical community centers that meet human needs and act as organizing hubs
for climate resilience.
We’ll play a savings pool game, and briefly discuss other cooperative financial tools and mutual aid
practices to improve your community’s life, respond to climate chaos, and grow a regenerative culture
and economy in our region. This discussion will include considerations around the bigger picture of
equity and access in our region and how our community organizing activities can either reinforce or
transform oppressive historical patterns.
You’ll leave with a tangible sense of how to organize and run a savings pool, the benefits
and risks of participation, tools for doing it successfully, and next steps in your own life for
starting or participating in one.
Please consider attending this event with some friends/family/colleagues, as the hope is that you can
go home and start a savings circle with people you trust.