Thursday, April 2, 2015

Heidemarie Gave Up Using Money Fifteen Years Ago. She's Never Been Happier...

Sixty nine years young Heidemarie Schwermer from the little German town of Dartmund was shocked to find when she relocated there twenty two years ago to find so many homeless, poor and rejected people in the small society.
She decided to do something to help and in the process gave her life some extra meaning.
She considered empowering those who had either lost the ability through circumstances sometimes beyond their control or had simply fallen behind the demands of the monetary system to be the most important thing to do.
So Heidemarie started a little 'Swap Shop' called Gib Und Nimm, Give And Take.
Her little shop became a centre point of the community where anyone could trade 'stuff or skills' for things they needed and without any monetary transaction.
Heidemarie and her shop have become an oasis of love, caring and inspiration to thousands.
There's more about living with less here...


  1. Doesn't use money??!!!!!

    Aren't there laws against that sort of thing there?

  2. This is absolutely fantastic, a real inspiration. It's the best kind of demonstration that it's possible to drop out of the conventional market economy altogether and live a perfectly decent life. Just what they don't want us to know!


  3. I would LOVE to do something like this. What a hero. Maureen at