[NBS Card] Community Social Currencies
Social currencies could be created with physical (or virtual) support and managed by a community with the objective of promoting local economy, especially in places where there are vulnerabilities. Its use is voluntary and the purpose is not to replace the official currency or to seek the accumulation or capitalization but they are primarily intended to expand exchanges between people with products of different use value, facilitating exchanges that would hardly occur from direct exchange. The necessary basis for its circulation is the democratic management and the mutual trust relationship. Despite its restricted circulation, this currency may have a political meaning, as it results from a community process of construction and decision, strengthening the symbolic autonomy of the subjects and the communities (Lucas dos Santos and Caitana, 2014 ).