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Inside the Berlin shop where you borrow instead of buy

Locals call it a Leihladen - the borrowing shop.

North of Berlin's centre, Leila is a library of things - a pioneer of sharing in a consumer society.

Founded by Maike Majewski and Nikolai Wolfert, the shop-without-money now has 500 members who donate goods to be loaned out.

In return, members can borrow any of the shop's 2,000 items.

Power tools are among the most popular. But you can also find inflatable boats, kitchen appliances, ice skates and toys.

The not-for-profit venture is run by volunteers who seek to create not just a resource of goods to share, but also a community centre at the heart of the neighbourhood.

Is it an idea worth sharing?

Video Journalist: John Galliver

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  • 28 Mar 2014
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