Exchange of services
Isabel, an accountant, is having electrical problems at home. Álvaro, an electrician, needs help with tax forms. They find each other at Protocoop and, living in the same district, decide to cooperate in order to mutually solve their problems.
Every year, as the filing deadline for tax returns approaches, Isabel and Álvaro meet, just like whenever fiscal doubts arise or domestic appliances stop working.
Maria resides in Fundão and plans to relocate to Paris, despite her basic knowledge of French. Gillaume, French, lives in the Algarve and has been struggling with Portuguese. Through Protocoop, they agree to teach each other Portuguese and French via Skype.
After months of remote cooperation, Maria and Guillaume ended up meeting and, in the meantime... they got married. Fluently bilingual, they now divide their lives between Portugal and France.
Circular economy entrepreneurs
Cecília, a recently retired seamstress, feels lonely with her idle sewing machines. At Protocoop, she finds Dulce, a young girl who, in exchange for company, wants to learn how to sew. Spending afternoons together, Dulce learns how to upcycle old clothes into new ones which she publishes on her blog.
Dulce's blog causes quite a stir and a lot of people give her old clothes for creative upcycling. Unable to meet the demand, Dulce joins forces with Cecília who thus joyfully returns to work.
Adão signs up to Protocoop in search of altruistic opportunities. He finds Ms. Rosário who lives nearby and whose mobility has been increasingly hampered by age. Without asking for anything in return, Adão volunteers to help her out.
From heavy shopping to long-distance errands, Adão has been helping Ms. Rosário who, on each visit, manages to convince him to stay for tea by way of appreciation.
Neighbours without knowing it
Giving Maths private lessons to more and more students, João is running out of desks and chairs. Delfim, a carpenter, has been struggling with Maths on the evening course he's been attending. Through Protocoop, they find out they live in the same building and decide to exchange furniture for classes.
The class period is over but Delfim's attendance on the next is already assured, as there's plenty of DIY work awaiting him at João's.
From COVID-19 to COVIDEO-20
The confinement imposed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus sparks unexpected inspiration in Romeu, a screenwriter. On the other hand, Mael, a digital producer, has been feeling down. Out of the ideas they exchange via Protocoop, a short animation about a moving tale of survival is born which they publish on digital platforms.
The film inspires thousands of people and requests for a sequel pour in. With renewed inspiration, Romeu and Mael are already aiming at a feature film.