fbpx
Faq2020-06-01T10:57:44+00:00

What is the Social Integration Program (SIP)?2020-06-05T09:57:48+00:00

This is a set of actions planned on a long-term basis, in this case, 25 years. It is carried out by specialists from the Fundación Desarrollo Justo Dominicana. The aim is to convey families in advanced social habits such as living together, complementary education at all ages, empowerment of women as heads of family and in the social sphere, Internet in at home, healthy and sporty lifestyle habits and many more.

The main objective is to fully integrate families as the factotums of their destiny in the 21st Century Society.

The Fair Development Foundation is created by the ALIADE Global Corporation, as its Founding Patron, assigning it 50% of its pre-tax profits each year.

When I buy my tree, am I making a donation to an NGO?2020-06-05T09:56:04+00:00

When you buy a tree, what you are doing is investing well and creating a society in the long term.

It’s not a donation or anything like it. It is a purchase of a real good from an actual company, with a substantial profit over the 25-year life of each tree that you acquired.

ALIADE is a private and non-subsidized company which generates wealth in a stable way for many families that are associated with its Development Program. These programs are based on the production of the smallholdings of the families through Mutual commitment (You help yourself, and I help you).

a. Contribution of Technology.

b. The investment for productivity in each small farmstead.

c. Training to learn new ways of growing and harvesting.

d. Access to 100% organic fertilizers and anti-pesticides products.

e.Access to quality plants to improve their production.

These families will obtain an income far from the level of poverty from the beginning of the Program and while they maintain their land production.

Does this new model get direct selling to large international buyers?2020-06-05T09:53:46+00:00

Yes. That is why the Oasis Doña Isabel is created, with its own production large enough to guarantee an annual tonnage that is of interest to the great buyers.

How many tons of cocoa will Oasis Doña Isabel produce annually as Production to which small farmers are added?2020-06-05T09:52:45+00:00

In the first phase, which features the trees sold now, about 600 Tons of raw grain and about 2,000 Ton per year will be obtained in the full operation of the Oasis’s three development phases.

How many trees are there in one hectare?2020-06-05T09:45:43+00:00

In 1 ha. there are one thousand one hundred twenty trees of “Theobroma Cacao” are planted, which is its scientific nomenclature.

Is inflation taken into account?2020-06-05T09:44:17+00:00

The operation is agreed in current money, the payment of interest is made in U.S. Dollar currency at the present value of each year, like the immense majority of investments. There is no currency adjustment, nor is there any exchange rate insurance as the amount invested is not returned after 25 years, as explained above. The company that pays the interest runs the risk of exchange of the dollar against the Dominican peso, by having to change this currency to U.S. Dollars every year to pay the benefits to third parties, during the 25 years agreed.

Is this a financial instrument, bond type, or commodities?2020-06-05T09:28:55+00:00

It is not a financial instrument. It is a real sale. In this case, there is a legal sale of the “flight” over the land, that is, the trees. These remain the property of the buyer as long as they exist as a productive tree (25 years).

Which are the benefits from purchasing trees charged?2020-06-05T09:27:41+00:00
  • Anyone who buys one or more trees acquires real ownership of them, during their 25-year lifespan. At the end of this time, the tree is no longer valuable.
  • Each year the owner receives an 8.5% profit guaranteed by his investment.
  •  8.5% per annum is accrued during the first four years. Then the benefit is distributed at the end of year four, in which the full harvest of the cocoa tree occurs.
  • The interest in previous years is paid in year five. But if the owner wishes to recover his purchase during that year five, he will be refunded the full invested money and will be paid 50% of the accrued interest. If you want to stick with the plan until year twenty-five, each year you will receive your 8.5% benefit.

 

What is a Model Farm?2020-06-05T09:14:10+00:00

A multipurpose farm, which provides Quality, Technology, Inputs and Plants; Training and Organization Center, covering the needs of exceptional quality organic farming for small producers in the Region.

How are people free of charge for their Health and Education Services?2020-06-05T08:45:43+00:00

On admission as Members of the Cooperative of Savings, Credits and Multiple Services Solidarity Savings Bank (COOPCAS), they receive essential services such as Health, Family Funeral Service, Life and Agricultural Insurance, various advisory services or access to housing. Also, access to the AgroFamily Program.

What is Oasis Doña Isabel?2020-06-05T08:35:16+00:00

A Model Farm of 625 ha. Located in Bayaguana, Dominican Republic) which operates as a base for Technology, Training, Agrarian Tutoring. Generating Organic and Quality Inputs and Plants and a Production Center to give the economy of scale to the Dominican Cocoa AgroFamily Farming Program.

What is an Impact Investment?2020-06-05T08:33:35+00:00

It is a profitable investment that, at the same time, results in positive impacts on social segments in need.

Impact investing is a concept created by A. Bugg-Levine, (CEO of the Nonprofit Financial Fund and former CEO of the Rockefeller Foundation) and J. Emerson (founder of Blend Value Group and fellow senior of Impact Assess); “Impact investing: Transforming how we make money while making money making a difference” (2011).

What are shade trees?2020-06-05T08:29:52+00:00

Cocoa, like coffee, cannot be grown in direct sunlight. A cover of branches higher than the cocoa plant is needed to give it shade and allow production. This cover are the “shade trees”.

In AgroFamily, productive shade trees are planted. Therefore, improving the results of the plantation.

Why cocoa?2020-06-05T08:27:53+00:00

Cocoa is a native crop of the Region. Its characteristics make it a high-quality product.

An Organic crop derives from these natural cocoa plants. It is both Ecological in its origin and Organic in its cultivation of exceptional quality and great value.

How does a family join the AgroFamily Program?2020-06-03T16:58:17+00:00

Firstly, with their affiliation as a partner of “LA CAS”, which is a Socially Based Financial Entity. It offers partners a financial account for their savings and credits. It also offers, free  essential services for the family and the Programs, Products and Services developed by ALIADE. Secondly, the family applies for entry into the Program and is selected based on objective parameters.

Why should I invest in a cocoa tree?2020-06-03T16:49:25+00:00

The investment raised is part of the concept of “Impact Investment”:

As an investment it is safe, i.e. very low risk, long term allowing a good return for the investor and with a high return in the world of non-speculative investment (8.5% per annum).

But in addition to making a profit, the investor favors a very important socio-economic impact in the region in which he invests. It is part of a Regional Development Program with Social Integration, which manages to lift families out of poverty, for life.

How many families do we want to help with the Dominican Cocoa AgroFamily Program?2020-06-03T16:39:39+00:00
  • Ten thousand families in total, in successive phases.
  • Two hundred in this first phase of the Program.
  • Six hundred in the second phase of the Program.

Subsequently, more families will be admitted to the Program on a quarterly basis.

What countries does ALIADE currently work in?2020-06-03T16:38:09+00:00

Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Brazil.

What is the average number of hectares per farmer of the AgroFamily Cacao Dominicana Program?2020-06-03T16:37:17+00:00

The average plot per farmer in the Program is of six ha. The minimum size of the parcels to participate in AgroFamily is of two ha. And the maximum to be admitted as a “small farmer” is twelve ha.

How much will the production of smallholder farmers in Phase 1 be?2020-06-03T16:35:19+00:00

The expected production of the other smallholder farmers, in the first phase of the AgroFamily Cacao Dominicana Program, corresponds to the first 200 families. These will provide an output of the order of 3,000 Ton per year of the raw fine cocoa beans.

From which country is the investment returned? Is the company that sells the trees from Spain?2020-06-03T16:31:55+00:00

The trees are sold by ALIADE Consortium S.A.S. a company from the Dominican Republic where the Model Farm Oasis Doña Isabel is located. This is the country where the investment is made and where the benefit is produced that allows for the payment of annual interest. The Dominican company that receives the investment is 100% owned by the Spanish parent company.

Where will the tree I buy be located?2020-06-03T16:15:11+00:00

It will be located at Oasis Doña Isabel.  This is the only way to guarantee the 25-year purchase and benefit period, because we cannot ensure that a small farmer will not leave the Program in X years (unlikely, but possible).

Who processes the cocoa? The AgroFamily Program or the final buyer?2020-06-03T16:10:45+00:00

The harvest is partially processed at Oasis Doña Isabel. Initially by selling the clean, dry almond. In the short term, a plant will be added for the process of “fermentation” of cocoa almonds at the origin. This is of great importance for the quality of cocoa and consequent economic impact on the sale since it dramatically improves the quality of the grain and the final product, i.e. chocolate and derivatives. Other processes will also be added through new investments, such as the manufacture of organic alcohols and fertilizers with cocoa cob residues, to maximize the profitability and even the carbon footprint of production. The rest of the process, mainly the roast, is done by the final buyers. Just the idea of the Oasis as “Development Pole” is to continue processing the final product and its intermediate waste to obtain the highest quality and profitability and, at the same time, the least environmental impact of the crop.

How many families are currently being helped by ALIADE worldwide?2020-06-03T16:09:33+00:00
  • More than a thousand families in the Dominican Republic.
  • Four hundred families in Monte Plata Province.
  • Six hundred in other Provinces.
  • The Department of Social Entities (ALIADES) for AgroFamily Programs has signed more than 60 agreements totalling about 12,000 families of smallholder farmers.
  • 1,500 families in Guatemala.
  • Preparation Programs in Mexico.
  • Preparation Programs in Brazil.
What is the ALIADE Global Corporation?2020-06-03T16:08:11+00:00

ALIADE Corporation is a Company founded by Spanish Development Experts. Its objective is to implement a new model of Regional Ethical Development with Social Integration, based on Mutual commitment to suffering families, Financing, Technology, Training, Expert Mentoring and Marketing.

What is the Dominican Cocoa AgroFamily Program?2020-06-03T16:06:29+00:00

A Regional Development Project focused on the production of high performance and quality of the land of small farmers, ensuring their immediate economic self-sufficiency and in the long term, their complete social integration.

Based on the facilities and production of “Oasis Doña Isabel” Model Farm, the micro-farmers add their products to export directly together.