After five years of earlier research and development, the Cochabamba Project has been supporting almost 900 families in Bolivia since 2009, providing them with sustainable land use alternatives to slash and burn farming in the Amazon.
The project has established 1,400 hectares of commercial tree plantations on around 2,600 separate lots owned by communities and families living on the fringes of the rainforest as well as providing them with support and advice.
Over the long-term the project has the ambition of establishing a self-sustaining, community based forestry enterprise that can be used as a blueprint for sustainable land management in the tropics. In terms of the environment it also wants to arrest deforestation and repair degraded ecosystems.
The Cochabamba project also supports local people and aims to raise living standards among local communities and establish the community benefit society model as a template for driving investment in the developing world.
In order to achieve these ambitions the project needs to raise long-term capital from investors and has launched a loan stock offer to raise money for the development of new activities. It is part of a match-funded project that will see the development of harvesting, processing and marketing activities for the smallholders involved and other communities.
Co-founder of the project David Vincent has previously explained that, along with another former independent financial adviser, he began to lose faith in the conventional financial services industry and wanted to create tangible assets using a co-operative structure.
To learn more about the project and the loan stock offer click here or contact David Vincent on 0114 236 8168.
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