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Model for Self-Sustaining Villages

  • A benevolent organization, such as CPI, purchases the land on which the village will be built.

  • Mortgages are extended to landless families that have been selected to participate in building the village. Each mortgage is held jointly by husband and wife.

  • The land is subdivided into a communal lot and individual lots.

  • The participants cooperate in constructing their homes.

  • The participants form a cooperative which provides the economic structure for generating income.

  • The participants grow crops individually for their own use and communally for the cooperative to sell on the open market.

  • Income from the cooperative enables the participants to pay off the mortgages on their houses and land.

  • The repaid mortgages are used by the organization to finance the building of a new village.


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