Eco Shares Program
Eco Shares, a Crowd Profit Sharing Method
Eco Shares is a Crowd Profit Sharing method that gets people from all walks of life and different ethnicities involved to help execute several sustainable development goals. No matter what gender you have, no matter what religion you practise, no matter if you own a business or not. The Eco Shares Program is a way for sustainable development goals to be funded by the community and for the community.
Eco Shares not only compensates each participant for their efforts it also offers each participant the opportunity to benefit from the occurring development of choice. If the will is there to socially invest in development of your location, your village facilities, your countries economy, then help develop your community by participating the Eco Shares Program.
Eco Shares is a way for Sustainable Development Goal projects to be funded by the community and for the community.Cee Marlin, Founder Stichting Marlin Yard
Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are a set of 17 “Global Goals”, 169 targets, and 230 indicators. They are a standard for evaluating if progress is being made across the world to reduce poverty, improve quality of life, and realise aspirations of the masses of people towards development.
The objectives of sustainable development varies from place to place and community to community but the essence of any development to design sustainable solutions to overcome all social problems which enervate and weaken members in a community. Sustainable development aims at freeing people of pain, difficulties, shackles, limitations, drudgery, injustice, ignorance, lack of skills and lack of knowledge. It enables every human being to live life along the principles like equality, equal opportunity, equity, ability to use one’s rights, and many others cherished by the great and the best constitutions created in this world.
The issues in different places and societies may be different. For example, rural communities have different development issues from their urban counterparts, or the people from developed nations may have different sustainable development issues from the underdeveloped ones. The central aim of any sustainable development is to remove or alleviate poverty in all its forms including economical, technological, intellectual, know-how related, life-style related and spiritual.
In addition, the SDG also aims at enabling everyone, especially from the downtrodden sections of society, women, and underprivileged people to make their own choices in their lives and implement them successfully. Moreover, it designs smart social systems to facilitate equal opportunities for all underprivileged people in a society. And finally, the sustainable development also ensures the sustainability of the interventions made in a particular society in order to achieve and sustain the objectives mentioned above.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) we deem important are being translated into development projects to categorize the Eco Shares. Our SDG’s are:
- #3: Good Health & Wellbeing
- #4: Quality Education
- #5: Gender Equality
- #8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
- #9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
- #11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
- #12: Responsible Consumption & Production
- #17: Partnerships for the Goals.
Combining and applying these SDG’s with your participation of the Eco Shares Program makes it possible to invest in development projects that enhances overall quality of living for communities.
For example, when a Caribbean village get to be upgraded its value increases. The village purpose gets extended by creating opportunities. This way the village can supply food (Agriculture Project), provide education- and business opportunities and jobs. It provides hurricane and earthquake challenged shelter (Eco Housing Project). It’s an opportunity for participants to become small investors to earn funds and incentives while enjoying this village facilities and its services as a whole.
What are Eco Shares?
Eco Shares is something like the original concept of investing but has integrated “saving scheme” elements. You place forward some funds to help start a project. These funds are converted into Eco Shares. Then as a reward you get a return from future sales meaning you receive a small portion of the company’s revenue for a period, this is called profit sharing. During this period, you can choose to reinvest received profits which will then accumulate as “savings”. These savings are Eco Shares that accumulates over a period that can be sold and or cashed in when requested. In addition, the participant receives incentives such as discounted rates on fresh produce, access to courses, trainings and workshops, usage of several facilities and services. A person can opt in for at least one Eco Share and choose to invest in one or more development projects. Each project has a forecast on return on investment (ROI) and a growth estimate ranging from 1% up to 3%.
Sustainable Projects for Development
More development projects will be added to the portfolio, which will also be promoted in the $€NG – SENG smartphone application.
Find the following development projects for participation in the Eco Shares Program:
Building a Sustainable Agriculture Economy – Project “Restoring The Food Valley” in Sint Maarten
On a reserved plot of 6 acres this project entails restoring part of an ancient plantation named “Soccour” dated back in the 17th century. Community Gardening with Allotment rentals and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) are being implemented at this location presently known as Sucker Garden. The forecast is to provide up to 300< kilotons of fresh produce within 3 years with a potential nett sales worth of approximately US$ 2.3M in the first operational years with an estimated yearly growth of 2%.
Our aim is to roll out the CSA method throughout Sint Maarten and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Love Your Local Market – The Keys Market
This location is an outdoor bazaar built out of modified shipping containers and recycled materials, which sustains itself by reusing, repurposing and recycling waste. It’s a location where the occasional and or frequent vendor can set up their mobile shop. There is room for 40+ flexible market stalls and up to 14+ Food stalls for the Food Court section. At this location workshop activities in eco awareness will be made available to the public. Jobs and business opportunities in waste processing and upcycling will be created. Also this market will have its own food source (aquaponics system and permaculture gardens) and own renewable energy sources providing own electricity, cooking gas, harvested rainwater. The market will also be supplied with island grown fruit, veggies, fish, meat cultivated locally. This initiative gives a forecasted year turnover of US$ 260,880 in the first year fully operational with an estimated yearly growth of 3%.
Hurricane and Earthquake and Fire Resistant Housing – Eco Homes
Eco Living your newest Habit(at) @ Green Communities also known as Tiny House Communities.
Stichting Marlin Yards “Green Community” is a residential concept focused on the Dutch Caribbean islands. It stands for small-scale neighbourhoods in which diversity is encouraged. Families, singles, couples, people of age, with a disability or need for care are united in a casual way and look out for each other. A communal area and associated facilities – such as gardens, a food park, a community space that connect the residents with each other and their environment.
Our Carib Housing projects
Merriment Green in Sint Maarten and Hofi Diamant in Aruba are currently Green Community projects. These projects are not just a new-build plan with varied sustainable housing supply. It is a neighbourhood that conceals the self-sufficient living concept. Curious? Take a look at the housing options listed at our subsidiary Carib Housing by clicking here.
Looking to the future
Carib Housing and HoomStreet in collaboration with Stiching Marlin Yard developed two projects based on the Green Community concept. In order to be able to realize this concept throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the coming years, Stichting Marlin Yard seek partnership with other organisations to join forces. Together we respond to the housing demand of diversity. This creates an eco-neighbourhood or hamlet with an open structure where residents are encouraged to be active outside, to garden and, if desired, to be there for each other. Loneliness is prevented and the elderly can live at home longer.
Shipping containers are recycled and modified into Eco Homes (Tiny Houses and Tiny Villas) that are self-sufficient. Each Eco Home will be hooked up to a Waste-Water Management system, Waste-Management system and furnished with Solar panels and Solar boilers providing own renewable energies which is shared among each home. These Eco Homes will be able to operate off grid when necessary. This initiative gives a forecasted year turnover of US$ 200,676 in the first year fully operational with an estimated yearly growth of 1 %.
Ferry Services between the ABC and SSS islands
TAFS – The Antillean Ferry Services – an initiative that combines local tourism with logistical empowerment between the islands Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba. It’s an initiative where mentioned islands work together instead of competing or working against each other. TAFS will supply reliable and affordable roll on – roll off and passenger (RO/PAX) boat connection between the ABC islands and the SSS islands. An initiative where quality of service, good service and sustainable business operations are paramount. TAFS will be owned by the people* of mentioned islands and other users of the ferry service through Eco Shares. TAFS is a not-for-profit initiative and invests primarily in safety, quality and continuity. Our interest in the local traveller – read local tourist – is paramount in this initiative.
TAFS aims to create maritime education opportunities, at least 100 job vacancies, many business opportunities for entrepreneurs on board and on land. It is mandatory for this initiative to be owned by the people born on the Dutch Caribbean islands and immigrants who are living on these Dutch Caribbean islands. Interested parties who become a share holder will enjoy yearly dividends and incentives when using TAFS.
*445200 Antilleans: 283 935 Antilleans on the islands (2009 statistics) Nederlandse Antillen – Wikipedia) and 161 265 Antilleans living in the Netherlands (2019 statistics) Antillianen in Nederland – Wikipedia]
This initiative gives a forecasted year turnover of US$ 33M in the first year fully operational with an estimated yearly growth of 3%.