"Oikonomia" is a wider and broader concept of understanding the caring economy. It is a way of organizing life as a whole and comprises all the activities that keeep daily life functioning. A caring economy is about communities experiencing life together,of relationships, mutuality and reciprocity, and not about individual satisfaction and competition.
Quotation from Athena K. Peralta, 2005, "A Caring Economy - A Feminist Contribution to Alternatives to Globalization Addressing People & Earth (AGAPE). World Council of Churches - Justice, Peace and Creation Team, Geneva.