This is a first in the capital. Baptized “Emmaüs Campüs”, a solidarity resource center dedicated to students was inaugurated this Friday, February 4 at 46, allée Paris-Ivry, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris.
Located a stone’s throw from Paris-Diderot University, this 120 m2 store offers a number of second-hand products as well as other new ones, from the recycling industry.
Among them, a textile part, with clothes, but also small furnishing accessories for the home or even books and stationery.
“In a context of growing student insecurity, Emmaüs Défi wanted to get closer to young people to help them”, explains the group which therefore created “Emmaüs Campüs” and imagined “the opening of new shops near the universities”, with “a range of small second-hand items adapted to the needs [des étudiants]”. Places that will host “special sales organized for them, with appropriate pricing policies”.
A first store before others
“It’s a project that really makes a lot of sense. It was estimated that one in five students lived below the poverty line before the health crisis, this figure has increased even more”, underlines Florentin Letissier, the deputy mayor of Paris in charge of the social and solidarity economy, who adds that this first place opened in the 13th will “allow students who have low purchasing power” to dress and ‘equip.
To sustain it, around thirty employees will work throughout the project as well as more than a hundred back-to-work employees, whose salaries will be co-financed by the State and the Paris municipality. A total of 120 employees should succeed each other from today until 2024.
“It’s the kind of project that ticks a lot of boxes,” rejoices Florentin Letissier, who explains that it’s “both circular economy, social and solidarity economy but also to make people work far from employment, coming out of long periods of unemployment, or young people dropping out of school, or people with disabilities”.
Open to everyone, regardless of their age, the site will be open three days a week: Thursdays and Fridays, from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.