In the face of economic collapse, Bay Area Community Exchange turns labor into cash-free currency
According to Grande, member of the cooperative are "loving that they have a place to go and share their skills with someone else, and a place to go to for help, be it material support or moral and social support. A big issue in our community is isolation, especially if you can't navigate the language, the system, or you're a recent immigrant and you're family is back in El Salvador, in Nicargaua." As Luna understood when she was ill, this isolation and economic disempowerment are intrinsically connected. The economy might recover, but people don't seem likely to lose interest in the timebank's alternative currency — and the possibilities it brings with it — anytime soon.