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The Cochabamba Project Ltd. - A Unique Social Investment

The Cochabamba Project is a fully trading Industrial Provident Society for the benefit of the community, working in equal partnership with poor smallholders on the fringes of the Bolivian Amazon to establish and maintain a profitable and sustainable community-based forestry enterprise as part of a wider project known as ArBolivia.

 

The society's members are socially motivated investors who share our vision and provide the finance needed for local smallholders to plant native species of tropical hardwoods as an alternative to unsustainable farming practices. 

 

We invite you to join us as a member and help fund the project to breakeven when timber revenues will more than cover operational costs.  Although your primary motive should be social, this is very much an INVESTMENT, not a gift, and we offer the prospect of a full return of capital and a modest rate of interest each year*, which at present is rolled up until you withdraw your shares.  As a guideline, an average investment of £5,000 will fund the following over the coming year:

 

  • Maintenance of over 15,000 trees including 12 different native species
  • Creation of conservation areas
  • Farming supoort for 8 families including training, provision of plant materials and specialist tools, access to credit, services of a professional technical adviser
  •  Establishing "fair trade" timber sales at better prices for farmers

AND unlike a donation, your investment offers the prospect of earning interest and re-using the money in the future.*       

 

 

Register now to download our current  Share Offer      

 

Interest on our ordinary shares is variable and for the time being will be rolled up. The rate will be in the region of 5% for the next few years.  Our minimum investment is £1,000 (which can be paid in instalments) and the maximum (by law) is £20,000. There is also a guidance sheet "investing for a child".  Loan stock interest is normally fixed until maturity with a term of at least 5 years

 

presentation* Your capital is at risk and you may not get back what you have invested.  Interest of 7.5% was declared in each of the first 3 years, but is likely to be lower in the future.  Interest is not guaranteed and is currently only payable on withdrawal of capital.

 

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Project Update - January 2014