The Makkie is the community currency of Amsterdam East. It acts as a reward programme in the Makassarsquare neighbourhood, where residents are encouraged and empowered to take an active role in their community for common good. It is created to improve both local livelihoods and social cohesion in a socially fragmented area. The currency programme was launched in 2012 as part of the CCIA project.
The Makkie is a timebanking currency combined with a loyalty programme. One Makkie equals one hour of mutual service or community work. Residents receive credits after helping out their neighbours, contributing to cleaning public space, or serving at a local event. Makkies are accepted to buy products and services at local shops.
Qoin has designed the currency concept at the root of Makkie, contributed to building the consortium of stakeholders, developed and implemented the IT infrastructure, and has been responsible for the project management.