GOEL is a non-profit community movement in southern Italy challenging the mafia by building a legitimate economy based on ethically run social enterprises.
It is a viable alternative to the political corruption and violent oppression of the Calabrian mafia, ‘ndrangheta, which is now one of the world’s most powerful criminal organisations.
With its strong grass-roots support, GOEL is creating space for the rebirth of civil society in one of the poorest and most corrupt regions of Europe.
Internationally, it offers a model of change for states and communities where the rule of law has failed in the face of criminal or paramilitary violence.
In creating a viable alternative to the mafia, GOEL has proved it can build a transformational economy in Calabria based on sustainable and ethical social enterprise. It is creating space for the rebirth of democracy and civil society in one of the poorest and most corrupt regions of Europe. Its work has potential international importance in offering a model of change for failed states and communities around the world.
But to extend its reach and impact, GOEL needs to scale up significantly. It seeks transitional social impact investment to help the organization grow tenfold, creating a co-operative network with an annual estimated turnover of €70 million. In the long term, the group plans to become self sustaining through increased international sales.
GOEL’s ultimate goal is systemic transformational change in Calabria that will allow succeeding generations across the region to share openly in the benefits of a well functioning legal and democratic state
GOEL offers a beacon of hope, not just for the people of Calabria to free themselves from poverty, violence and corruption, but the group also lights the way... [Read More]
— Mrs. Jo Andrews
Social Impact EquileAp Co-Founder & Director
The economic model of the future feeds in organization like yours: a sustainable model, able to welcome challenges with courage, valuing people, the territory and the communities [Read More]
— Mrs. Claudia Fiaschi
Italian Third Sector National Forum Spokeperson
I am convinced that the “we” mentality is the most powerful antidote to mafia arrogance. And GOEL every day, in the field and for years, is the most effective confirmation... [Read More]
— Mr. Gianni Bianco
RAI Tv News Deputy Editor-In-Chief
I met and experienced the GOEL world when we helped the brothers who came from the sea. [Read More]
— Mr. Rosario Rocca
Mayor of Benestare Local Municipality, President of the Covenant of the Mayors of Locride Area