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For Investors

We reap what we sow: the results we see in the world around us are simply a result of what we have, collectively, voted for.    So investing (our money, time, attention, energy) in the solutions to the world's environmental, social & economic problems is now the most important job we have as humans, and this eco-village can be thought as a kind of bank for ethical investors.

Whether you reap the benefits by sharing this space or just by having a monetary return on your investment in the future, it's probably one of the most secure ways to invest right now, and certainly one of the most ethical &
strategically important, for all of us.

The SRI Article is a good general background introduction to the importance of Socially Responsible Investing, & explains why this kind of project is of a particularly important type to be investing in.  >>

"Because the level of misallocation of capital 
is so profound and frankly complete right now, 
I think that once people begin to figure out 
how to shift money into local business, 
that could proceed very, very quickly". 

Shares Increase in 2014

We've done so much infrastructure work during these last two years that we're delighted to announce that the share prices are finally going up this year.    

We're very proud of all we've achieved together, fruits of lots of hard work & the support of a handful of investors who put their faith in us succeeding with this wonderful ecovillage project, during these last few years.

From 14th February 2014 the new prices for mini-shares will be 2,100€ (instead of the old 2,000€).

The price of a full share will still be that of 10 mini-shares, going up to 21,000€ (from the old 20,000€).

We're looking forward to the share prices rising again next year as we're set to expand the eco-village infrastructures in 2014 by buying more land.



How to be an Investor

You become an investor in the EcoVillage as soon as you make a loan to the project, giving your full name and passport number on the deposit description, paying any multiple of 2,100 euros (up to 21,000 euros maximum) directly into our Common Land Fund (Fondo de Tierra Común).


Our commitment is that the money from this Common Land Fund is only used for major investments into the land infrastructure (+ administration costs of the same). The Trustees of Gaia Tasiri + our registered accountant ensure this.  


Eg. for buying more land, improving existing infrastructures by building water-tanks, repairing terrace-walls, buildings, making earth-works, renewable energy infrastructure and the like.  Administration costs mainly consist of a 10% commission on finding new investors, as detailed in ButterflyJobs



Bank & PayPal Details

We bank only with the ethical bankTriodos, and have a paypal account associated with it.    Here are the details of a special account only for Investments & Donations (that can only be used to build infrastructure):


Bank: Triodos Bank

Name of Account: Asociación Gaia Tasiri

Account Nº: 1491 0001 25 2005443615

IBAN: ES68 1491 0001 2520 0544 3615

BIC: TRIOESMM



We also can receive funds through 

our paypal account using the email

hola@ecoinversion.net

Please, after selecting "Send money" 
click on the "Personal" tab (under the amount box) 
and the "Present" or "Others" button

All income is counted as donations to the GaiaTasiri Association, 

& 100% is used only to fulfil the mission & objectives of the Association


EcoVillage Residents

EcoVillage residents are 'Internal Investors' = people who have invested money in one share - or 5 months worth (of living on site) as a minimum = 20,000€

There is also a possibility of buying Holiday Shares at 2,000€ per month per year.  This works like a time-share: if you buy one month, you can live on site one month per year, until you re-sell your share to someone else.

Share moneys goes mainly to infrastructure costs (improving the structures for everyone, including private room / domo for each resident investor) & can be recuperated on exit from the project (if there are new share-holders wanting to buy your share).

In addition there are monthly living costs which are shared amongst all residents, as in any house-hold.

Before becoming residents (permanent or temporary) there is an entry procedure which starts with filling out the Application Form. 

All that is described here for External Investors, apart from the minimum investment, applies to EcoVillage Residents.

A more detailed Agreement is available for residents.  All who are seriously interested in participating in the eco-village are asked to contribute to this document.


External Investors

Current basic agreement:

(or 'Angel Investors' = people who do not live in the EcoVillage, although they might visit or stay for holidays as arranged with the residents)

We welcome external investors, in which case you will simply "keep your money in the project" as you would keep money in a bank, but knowing that 'the bank' in this case is the earth, quite directly. Here we are only putting the 'shares money' to work on improving the fertility and economic viability of a specific piece of land and project, as described in this web and in strict accordance with permaculture design principles, ethics, directives and techniques.

The minimum investment is 2,000€ (one 'mini-share') and maximum is 20,000€ (one full 'share'). The percentage of interest gained will be proportional to the increase in productive value of the site, and this you can contribute to directly if you wish and to an extent proportional to your permaculture design experience, by being an active patron of the EcoVillage project.

NOTE that technically what we here call 'shares' are loans to the association (soon to the Foundation) toward the EcoVillage project, they are not stocks or securities and there is no joint stock company at present.

We use the term as described in the first definition of the wikipedia share disambiguation page

To share a resource (such as food or money) is to make joint use of it; see sharing.

You can withdraw your investment at any time on condition that there is another person that wishes to buy your share at the time. The value of the shares should increase with time, depending on the quality of the work done on the farm, external markets and the productivity of the eco-village and eco-businesses we are creating here.

So of course your creative involvement toward those ends is encouraged, although not obligatory. Your application will take priority should you wish to become an EcoVillage Resident, if all other usual conditions permit.

Note that share prices are reviewed (usually will go up) every February, on our anniversary of moving into the new site, which was 14th February 2006.


Donations

Donations are also welcome from individuals & organizations who wish to support our work, and can be of any amount.     The difference with donations is of course that they are a gift, with no expectation of return of the moneys in the future, but investments are loans (& speculative risk, as with any type of investment).  

We welcome if people making donations (as with investors) also wish to be involved more actively in the management of whatever funds they donate - for example in making the decisions about which project to support with their funds, follow developments & be involved in the practical work to any extent which is possible.

Some examples of project costs (but note that even small donations of 10-100€ for example are very useful & welcome as we could put them towards funds for any of these or other projects):

Support a GaiaSis Intern - there are many young people who would greatly benefit from doing one of the practical integral permaculture design internships (described in http://bit.ly/GaiaSisCanaries) but can't afford the costs.  We would love to offer some bursaries to cover partial or whole costs for such people.   The interns can then be matched up with donors to keep them in touch personally with their progress, if the donor wishes.    
A full bursary (course, transport, 2 month residency + materials to build whatever project they choose) for one intern is between 1,500 & 3,500€.

Bursaries for Permaculture Students - we work with NodoEspiral of the PermaCulture Academy which donates all income to building transition projects & most of the regular income which has made this eco-village project possible comes from this source.   So any students that get bursaries to do any of the Academy's courses (see http://bit.ly/ActionLearningCourses) would have a double benefit: for the student and the eco-village project.     
A full bursary for one student would be between 140€ & 2,700€ depending on which course they choose.

Building a Small Structures - we have many small structures still to build for the eco-village, like solar showers, compost toilets, out-door kitchen, animal shelters, clay ovens, solar panels, windmills, water storage ... etc.
If you have a pet project you would like to build, or see built, this is a great way to combine a donation with an active holiday, or just monitor it from a distance as we can keep you fully informed of progress (with videos, etc) & involved in all design decisions (through skype meetings), if you wish.
These can cost anything between 30€ to 3,000€ in materials, + more if we also employ an expert builder (so  helping employ local skilled artisans, which is very important for the economy).     

Building Major Structures, & Buying Land - there are many surrounding properties for sale which could be very profitably added to the EcoVillage project, so larger donations can be put to this good use, also.   
This would effectively subsidise families & individuals who would love to buy a share in the EcoVillage but don't have the funds to do so: if we had homes for them we could instead rent the properties (at a very low rent) and benefit both the individuals & the overall project greatly.     These could also be negotiated as individual loans to prospective eco-village residents who could then buy a share & then return the amount in monthly payments to the lender.     There are many creative ways we can expand the eco-village by repopulating surrounding farms.   
The amounts for this option would be between 40,000€ & 130,000€ - & they don't have to come from one donor, but you can say if you would like your loan or donation to start such a fund.



Management


The manager of the project  is Stefania Strega-Scoz, expert in community development & permaculture design diplomat, activist & teacher since 1995, founder member of Gaia Tasiri & Finca Luna, as well as the Integral Permaculture Academy & numerous other permaculture community projects, including Green Adventure, an award-winning early community transition initiative in London (1994-1999).   

The management team includes Heloisa Primavera, an early Angel Investor in the project and well known expert eco-economist. See article she wrote below about why she invested in this EcoVillage project.

The project is managed overall by the management committee of the Gaia Tasiri Association, a Non-Governmental Organization or Charity.   All accounts are overseen by an independent accounting firm which we contract for this purpose.   
All investors become members of the association & as such have a right to see the full yearly & quarterly accounts (on demand).

Please use the Application Form to signal your interest and any questions you may have, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.



Testimony from an Investor

From Heloisa Primavera, on becoming the first Angel Investor of 8thLife

Today what we most need is knowledge.   To express ourselves, to know who needs the much that we can produce, to take the much & varied that we need from others ... Including to use the little money we need to live well.

These days a bigger crisis is passing in front of us - global, integrated, deep, ready to disintegrate us as a species.  I correct here the current accepted view that "the planet" is in danger: the planet if fine, thanks! 

 It demonstrates it all the time with its adjustments, as we have been witnessing these last years, against which we can do little or nothing, if we haven't predicted it since 30-50years.   It is us as a species that believes ourselves the dominant one who is doing very badly ..


For that reason, those savings we had reserved for the future (as our grandparents wanted) is very good that we start using them NOW, with some strategic sense: to ensure that there will be liveable space for our children & grandchildren.   & their children & grandchildren

I don't know how many we will be, but some of us believe that even so we have things to do.


For that reason I decided, without hesitation, to make an investment in this present future that is the EcoVillage Project of Gaia Tasiri, where we are building new relationships in many dimensions: between each of us and their family, with our neighbours near & further on, with Mother Earth, our Pachamama who is tired of being irrationally exploited.  We want to be able to take on healing & caring for our little & infinite blue planet, for ourselves & future generations.

My speciality is the construction of sustainable money systems.  They look at me and see "social currencies": those which are designed, produced, distributed & controlled by their users, for the satisfaction of their mutual needs, by those who believe they have not only the right but also the duty to un-mask that great misunderstanding that was transforming money into a commodity

But a sustainable money system needs a sustainable territory in order to make sense!

For this reason the re-localization of my savings makes sense.

I was looking for it for a while.   I didn't find it because I know too well the traditional banking system.    I remembered Stella Strega (never better named) & we got back in touch in order to see how we were doing & I didn't doubt one instant.  I know that we will have very concrete results to show for it very soon.

Welcome to the little canarian ship that is already sailing in the future of our young ones.









Five Investment Options

Note that share prices are reviewed (usually will go up) every February, on our anniversary of moving into the new site, which was 14th February 2006.

This is from the 8th Question in the Application Form & summarizes the Investment Options:

8) Shares in the EcoVillage
 (the land remains property of a Foundation, members have shares & right of use & re-sale).   
Which of these options are you interested in?  

a) a mini-share (2,000euros each month of use, per year - like a time-share) x how many months?

b) a full share (20,000euros, to live in the EcoVillage all year) 

c) I would like to comission a dome (4,000euros per person, 4,500euros for a couple, you have to combine with a) or b))

d) I would like to buy one of the neighbouring fincas for the Foundation (between 40,000 - 130,000euros)

e) I want to invest in the eco-village but not live there 



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