Chani Guyot, former director of La Nación, started one of the most anticipated panels of the Colloquium of Idea by commenting two prejudices that do not help to resolve the dramatic situation social of an Argentina with 18 million poor people, a million children who will not go back to school and 13 million who did not finish high school. The panel was entitled “The agenda for an Argentina with half a country in poverty.” And the prejudices Guyot was referring to is that businessmen they only earn money and the poor want to live off the plans. Both were refuted by the exhibitors and a chat that was very active with a concern: how to get out of poverty.
It was Alejandro, Pitu Salvatierra, who lives in Ciudad Oculta, the son of a single woman with three boys in charge who built a house out of pure solidarity, who pointed out: “With the pandemic we have gone back 20 years”. He said that they had started urbanization and schooling processes. Everything went backwards. And yet, it rescued the immense solidarity. “The kids on the corner, those who we think are into drugs or alcohol, organized the best popular pots in the neighborhood.”
The sociologist and researcher Nahuel Sosa, pointed out: “Catastrophes are a turning point in history, crises that put us in front of the mirror and bare inequality. Nothing will be the same and what we discuss is what do we do with inequality”.
In a video, one of the inhabitants of La Cava, the town next to San Isidro, said: “I was going to throw away the curriculum but everyone received it from afar, nobody accepts you, the pandemic threw everything down for those of us who work in black. I cannot generate resources. There are the dining rooms and social assistance and it is not enough, “he said.
For Sosa, the exit to poverty implies a social agreement that does not mean everyone thinks the same. “What divides the country is not the crack but social inequality.” For Salvatierra, there are two options, “either we hope that the middle class will stand up and offer us jobs again or we give a strong boost to the popular economy.”
Sosa pointed out that the so-called popular economy, which ranges from cardboard workers to those who work in dining rooms or textile and gastronomy workshops in neighborhoods, involves 4 million people living in some 4,015 slums.
And Salvatierra, a recognized social leader, coinciding with Sosa, referred to the necessary articulation of the popular economy with formal productive chains.
From her home, Verónica Andreani, director of the logistics group that her grandfather founded in Casilda, Santa Fe, referred to Let’s Be One, the largest assistance initiative by the private sector that this Saturday will distribute the last 13,000 boxes of food. “Was a collective effort, we were able to work with the public sector, mobilize 5,000 volunteers and look into their eyes “He argued when referring to the role of entrepreneurs that he defined as “doers.”
During the development of the panel, Idea’s chat showed messages from César Litvin and Gonzalo Tanoira that were they referred to the tax pressure that prevents more formal work and the tools with which the State has. And there were others of pure encouragement from Laura Ge, Ignacio González García, Miguel Blanco, Alejandra Ferrero, to name a few.
At the end there was a hopeful video. It was the one starring Valeria Macedo, from La Matanza. This said: “What cost me the most was having to isolate ourselves. My 20-year-old son had to go out to find his first job and he couldn’t. Valeria is a member of the La Juanita cooperative and described how the businesswoman Marta Caña He opened a textile workshop for the Martina di Trento brand. She works in the Santander call center and Accenture involved them in a new platform to search and find work. What is called joint.