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Banco Sabadell employees start a new fundraising campaign
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“Poverty is not only to understand it, but also to solve it”, Vicente Ferrer
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New deal with Banco Sabadell!
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Worldcoo launches its new website and closes its first financing round

Banco Sabadell employees start a new fundraising campaign

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Comprehensive care for children with neurofibramatosis

bsIn the context of “Actitud Solidaria”, the social initiative promoted by Banco Sabadell in order to  collaborate with different social and cooperation projects, the company launches today a new challenge aimed at, mainly, their employees.

On this occasion, the objective is to collaborate to improve the quality of life of children with neurofibromatosis, a chronic and incurable disease that affects 1 in 3,000 births and causes many difficulties for people who suffer from it.

The total amount raised by the employees of banco Sabadell will go to the Asociación de Afectados de Neurofibromatosis so that the organization can provide children with neurofibromatosis with the tools that need to achieve an improvements in the quality of life, reduce the impact of the disease and its consequences.  

Through this link (https://bancsabadell.worldcoo.com/es/) you will get more information about this project and the other ones that Banco Sabadell collaborates with.

Worldcoo Team

“Poverty is not only to understand it, but also to solve it”, Vicente Ferrer

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Our Ambassadors visit Vicente Ferrer Foundation!

The first time that Vicente Ferrer visited India was in 1952 as a missionary of “Compañía de Jesús”, in Mumbai.  He didn’t imagine then that some years later, the ruling classes of the country would see their contribution as a threat to the country.  In 1968 Ferrer was forced to leave India, but his departure left no one indifferent; a march of 250 km carried out by more than 30.000 people finally made that Indira Ghandi get a new visa to Vicente to stay in India.  In 1969 Vicente and Anna Ferrer founded Vicente Ferrer Foundation in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh.

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Jordi and Joana with some of the people from Vicente Ferrer Foundation

Today, more than 3 million people benefit from all the projects that the Foundation carries out in order to promote the development of the most poverty and excluded communities. So it is not surprising that locals remember Vicente as “the God who we could touch”.

In Worldcoo we feel very fortunate to have helped to get funds to this organization who we admired so much. For this reason, we were very excited to know the experience of our two ambassadors after visiting two of the projects that our “eCommerce with cause” have helped to fund there:

  • The first one is the pediatric attention care of more than 1.300 kids that the users of Banco Sabadell are helping to fund there, in the Pediatric Hospital in Bathalapalli. You can remember the project HERE.
  • The second project they visited was the dam that Planeta Huerto users funded in order to improve the agricultural and livestock needs of 1.126 people from Agraharam, a village in the district of Anantapur, in India. You can remember the project HERE.

As we explain you, after their adventure in Africa (you can remember their first experience HERE and the second HERE), Jordi and Joana started a new adventure to Anantapur, where there’s the Campus of the Foundation. They explain us their experience. Keep reading!


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Joana with some of the students

“50 years ago Anantapur was a very arid, almost deserted rural area. Nowadays, although it is still one of the driest areas in Andhra Pradesh, it is surrounded by several green areas, mainly mango trees and peanut plants, and several reservoirs to store rainwater. These are the most superficial changes the city has undergone. The rest, can be discovered once you enter the Campus that the organization has in Anantapur; it’s like a world apart from the region, even from India.

The first day there we went to Bathalapalli, about 25km from Anantapur. There, there is the project that the users of Banco Sabadell are helping to fund there, the General Hospital and the Pediatric Hospital, as well as some other projects that the organization carries out in the region.

Once we park near the hospital we began to see all the traffic of people entering, leaving, waiting … As they told us, the center has become a reference in the state because of the quality of its services. It is the “jewel of the Crown” of the Foundation. A total of 80 doctors and volunteers attend about 1900 consultations a day. Some months ago, the services were completely free, now each family pays according to what they could afford. People who can’t afford it, receive help from some of the projects they carry out, such as the one that Banco Sabadell participated with WorldCoo. Thanks to their solidarity contribution, 1,300 children will be able to receive free medical care.

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Pediatric Hospital in Bathalapalli

The hospital has two emergency rooms, an ambulance, ten beds for intensive care, laboratories with the most advanced machinery, a blood bank recognized by the government, 350 postoperative beds, an optical gynecology section… And also has the area of Pediatrics, with capacity up to 80 children and the neonatal ICU.

We met one of the volunteers and explained that when he arrived at the hospital, he had a lot of prejudices about the type of place where he would work, but that, in fact, he had there the same machines as in Spain.

The second project we visited was the dam that the users of Planeta Huerto had helped to fund through WorldCoo.

Water reservoirs are a key element in boosting the economy of Andra Pradesh, India’s second most arid state. The weather conditions the agriculture of the country, the livelihood of almost 80% of the population.

Through the construction of this reservoir, it will be possible to irrigate about 50 hectares, directly benefiting 12 families of farmers and 203 families of this town indirectly.

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Joana and Jordi in one of the villages they visited

What we saw in these and other projects is that the main objective of Vicente and Anna was always to empower the lower class, those who were always scorned and even killed by their illness or condition, which represented a shame for the family . Dalits, people who are deaf, dumb, with Down syndrome, AIDS patients or with mobility problems due to polio. Everyone has understood that they are the same as others and now families are even proud of their achievements. One day Vincent said: “My job is to achieve impossible dreams” and it is precisely this feeling that one takes from the Foundation, to witness a miracle”.

Worldcoo Team

 

New deal with Banco Sabadell!

We present you “Actitud Solidaria”, a new campaign that we have launched with Banco Sabadell in order to promote CSR among bank’s customers and employees.

SergiFigueres, CEO de Worldcoo y Josep Oliu, Presidente de BS

SergiFigueres, CEO of Worldcoo and Josep Oliu, BS President

This week we have signed a new deal with Banco Sabadell to address the need for the bank’s customers and employees to have access to proper tools to help those who need it most. Starting today, anyone interested can collaborate on various social and cooperation projects through different channels. For example, customers may make a donation as part of their normal online banking transactions via the https://bancsabadell.worldcoo.com/ platform. Employees, additionally, will be able to do so when purchasing tickets for corporate events or through several internal initiatives.

In this context, the emergency campaign recently launched to help children affected by hurricane Matthew (Haiti) has already yielded fruit: in less than 24 hours, the Banco Sabadell community has donated nearly €10,000 to work with Unicef  on providing drinking water for the youngest victims.

At the event to announce this alliance, Banco Sabadell President Josep Oliu highlighted, “If there is something that makes us great, it is our attitude. This is why we are so proud to offer our people an easy way to collaborate on charity projects and address the emotional need to make a difference using the new services technology has to offer.” Furthermore, he added, “One of the things we value the most about Worldcoo is that they audit each and every project they collaborate with, which is key to have total transparency as to where the money goes.”

Also present was David Camps, director of Marketing at Vicente Ferrer Foundation, with which the bank will tackle the challenge of providing paediatric care for 1,300 children in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He highlighted, “We are very interested in the Worldcoo concept, especially its ability to persevere.”

Here you have some images from the event presentation (subtitles in Spanish).

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Worldcoo launches its new website and closes its first financing round

Here, there are our best news of the summer. Worldcoo closes its first round of funding, with the entry of Ona Capital, Delta Partners and Banco Sabadell as major investors. And we have launched a new website, also in spanish.  The contribution of  € 230,000 will be dedicate to accelerate the business growth, get the challenge of being in 10% of e-commerce transactions in Europe and to raise funds for 50 charity projects.

Ona and Delta Capital Partners, the new investors. Ona Capital, and Delta Partners, are the latest investors who have become part of the project. Banc Sabadell  also bet on the company in early 2014. During the first round of seed capital, Xavier Marcet (President to Lead Change, Founder and President of the Barcelona Drucker Society and professor at IDEC) and Josep Maria Martorell (currently, General Director for Research in the Generalitat de Catalunya) were the first who believe in the project. Soon after, the technology agency T4XI (which invested in the company as  Tech Angel) and Carles Florensa, (General Director of Eurosilla, advisor and business angel in several companies, professor at ESADE and UAB), joined the group.

Launch of the web in spanish. T4XI has been in charge of developing  our new  site  according to its needs with a  different  design from other crowdfunding platforms. We are very happy with the browsing experience and hope you enjoy it as we do.

Worldcoo was born in 2012 with an international focus but the spanish market is an opportunity to grow faster. The volume of e-commerce in Spain represents 5% of the European e-commerce and has a promising future in becoming a real  agent of developement and social change with growth rates of 20% annually, according to the CNMC (National Commission markets and competition).

Social Bussiness Model. Aureli  Bou and Sergi Figueres, co-founders, with the entire group of investors have formed a Social Bussines model that follows in the footsteps of similar models operating in the Netherlands, UK and USA, where companies reinvest 70% of their potential benefits to other social projects or R & D. Here you can see all aspects of our social commitment.

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