Association La Bolina
La Bolina is a collective of people from Europe, West Africa, South America and the Middle East who live together in a rural village in Valle de Lecrin, Granada, Spain. We have diverse identities, legal statutes and professions. What brings us together is a shared vision around integration, sustainability and regeneration.
La Bolina have developed a systemic change model designed by young locals and migrants supporting a regenerative revolution in rural communities by connecting, educating and empowering young locals and migrants to create sustainable ‘collective-enterprising’ using local social and solidarity economy.
We run trainings in permaculture, agroecology and commercialisation, internships and are supporting locals, refugees and migrants to set up sustainable collective-enterprises benefiting the local economy; including Productos de La Bolina - a veg box scheme, moringa, conserves, olive oils and training programmes. We also sell our produce in shop, hotels and enterprises in Granada and beyond.
In 2017 we won the LUSH Spring Prize Award, became an association and moved into our project base in Valle de Lecrin, Granada, Spain. In 2018 we were semi-finalists of European Social Innovation Competition RE:THINKING LOCAL and won a grant from the European Union project Make Europe Sustainable for All to create Refugee Week Granada to celebrate the lives of refugees and migrants. La Bolina ran 12 activities, workshops and a cross-sector symposium on SDG 10 Fighting Inequalities.
La Bolina’s Vision:
A dynamic and thriving multicultural and ecological revolution in the rural area where we live which creates new sustainable livelihoods for locals and newcomers*, regenerates the ecosystem and celebrates cultural diversity. *By newcomers we refer to people from all countries wanting to settle in this area particularly refugees and migrants.
La Bolina’s Mission:
To create sustainable solutions for real life issues, specifically the depopulation of rural villages, the degradation of land, high local unemployment and the unmet basic needs of refugees and migrants. We provide trainings, develop micro enterprises and sustainable livelihoods, set up housing cooperatives and coordinate cross cultural integration to transform multilevel problems into genuine opportunities.
La Bolina’s Values:
A holistic approach, adapting and responding to the complexity of living systems.
A commitment to take courageous, responsible and positive action.
To think do and act with creativity.
To meet all humans as humans and embody the values of equity, love and respect.
To embed ecological regeneration in all that we do, the non separateness of ourselves and nature.
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Primary interests: Social (Lifelong Education, Diversity & Cohesion, Health & Healing, Leadership & Governance); Culture (Wisdom & Innovation, Defend & Protect, Art & Celebration, Nature Connection); Integral Design (Whole Systems Thinking, Stakeholder Engagement, Intervention & Transformation, Contextualised Design); Ecology (Ecosystem Restoration, Seeds, Food & Soil); Economy (Social Entrepreneurship, Sharing & Collaboration, Planetary Boundaries)
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La Bolina is a collective of people from Europe, West Africa, South America and the Middle East who live in the Lecrin Valley, South of Granada, Spain. What brings us together is a shared vision around integration, sustainability and regeneration. We run trainings in permaculture and agroecology and veg-box scheme in collaboration with local organic producers. … Read more