Cochabamba Project

United Kingdom

Last updated 13 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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The Cochabamba Project is a fully trading Industrial Provident Society, 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.

Our members provide the finance needed for local smallholders to plant native species of tropical hardwoods as an alternative to unsustainable farming practices.

The society is registered with the Financial Services Authority (no 30642R) as an Industrial Provident Society For The Benefit Of The Community. As such it is a mutual society, formed for the benefit of the community - in this case Cochabamba. We believe it is the first IPS to be established for the purpose of conducting a community forestry enterprise and also the first to identify a target community beyond the UK.

Financial description

To invest in the Arbolivia Project to take the project to breakeven when timber revenues come through.

14 years

of track record


the year funded

8,000,000 USD


Asset manager

SDG goals

SDG targets

Sustainable food production and resilient agricultural practices

Full employment and decent work with equal pay

Key performance indicators

Fund overview

Asset manager: The Cochabamba Project

Product track record: Fund has 14 years of track record

Target IRR: 9%

Committed Capital: 5,000,000 USD (US Dollar)

Target return category: Below risk-adjusted market-rate of return

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Inception year: 2009

Vintage year: 2009

Target region: , , ,

Target close date: n.a.

Product term: 5 year

Assets under management: 8,000,000 USD (US Dollar)

Investment size: Min: 0; Max: 0; Avg: 0

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Fund investments to date: 1

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 0

Management fee: n.a.

Carried interest: n.a.

Hurdle rate: n.a.

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: No

Limited Partners / Investors: n.a.

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Other Institutional Investors, Retail Investors




Phone number: 0044 1539 823 041

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Impact Performance


Impact thesis

Profits are shared between local farmers and investors. The livelihood of local subsistence farmers is central to the vision and operation of the project. By participating in the project smallholders can expect to treble their earnings on their forested land over the 40 year project term. The project helps communities to work together and raise their own capacity to develop solutions to their problems. The project provides access to both hand
tools and power tools as well as providing cover crops and other farming methods which reduce the physical effort required to carry out work in the harsh and debilitating conditions of the Amazon jungle. Smallholders also benefit from both financial and practical assistance to increase efficiency and the yields on their remaining land through agro-forestry (e.g. cocoa and citrus fruits) and through collective bargaining and fair trade principles.
The project addresses the root causes of deforestation by providing a real economic alternative to further deforestation and by improving agricultural practices. By using a wide range of indigenous species of trees, intercropping and working with over 750 farmers on widely distributed plots, as well as creating wildlife corridors, biodiversity is substantially enhanced. The project also stores over 300,000 tonnes of carbon.

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