La Siembra’s capital model
Why invest in fair trade?
La Siembra is a worker-owned co-operative that has been in business for more than 24 years. We welcome new investors who believe that business can be ethical while providing fair value to growers, producers, investors, employees, and engaged consumers.
Did you know that by investing in La Siembra you are helping to support small scale farmers, their livelihoods, and socio-economic development of their community?
Fair trade food ensures
- Market access for marginalized producers;
- Sustainable and equitable trading relationships;
- Relationships based on solidarity, trust, and mutual respect;
- Transparency and accountability in all management and commercial relations and value chain;
- Capacity building, skill development, and empowerment;
- Consumer awareness raising and advocacy;
- Good working conditions as defined by national/local law/ILO;
- Sustainable productivity of local commodities while minimizing environmental impact.
Preferred Shares and Term Debentures
- 3 and 5 Year Terms
- Minimum $2500 Investment in Shares
- $25,000 Debentures Options
- 3.5% Targeted Dividend on Shares
- Prime +4% on Capital
- RRSP and TSFA options available
- Investor Pricing on Camino products
- Investor trips to origin
La Siembra’s Class C Preference Shares are not traded on any stock exchange, and consequently you have the opportunity of corresponding directly with us here at La Siembra for all matters related to your investment.
By law, under the Co-operative Corporations Act, La Siembra cannot guarantee dividend payments, however each year La Siembra endeavors to issue dividends to shareholders as declared by La Siembra’s Board of Directors.
To date, we have raised $1.5 million through the sale of preferred shares which have been invested to support small producer value chains, social economy and community development, and fair trade activities.
All of the equity raised through our Offering Statement will be used for working capital and commercial growth purposes to fund the ongoing operations of the Co-operative and the supply of fair trade products in the marketplace.
Ethical Investment: Investors are specifically advised that La Siembra is committed to the principles of social purpose capital, sustainable growth, decent work and Fairtrade. This means that considerations of social justice and environmental sustainability will, in certain situations, take priority over the maximization of profit for investors or immediate returns to members. In contemplating any investment in the Co-operative, prospective investors should take into consideration both the potential financial and social returns of their investment. Investors who are primarily seeking to maximize their financial returns are advised that an investment in a fair trade co-operative may not be appropriate to their investment objectives.
Please contact our office if you have any questions, or if you would like a copy of the documents required to invest in the future of fair trade and worker owned enterprise.