Help needed to advance Fifth World R&D project

On 30 June 2011, I made a bit micronational history by starting the not so theoretical field of Fifth World microlending. This field is still a work in progress, and other offshoots of the field are also materialising, such as fully functioning Fifth World aquaponics systems [article, video].

Fifth World microlending already has, by itself, the potential to finance projects in the so-called First World that no bank or even microlender would ever finance.

In addition to that, Fifth World microlending is already about assisting people to purchase items in different currencies, and even people who do not have credit cards can be helped.

It is clear that Fifth World microlending can lead to the solution of many yet unsolved or unaddressed financial problems.

Now it looks like Fifth World microlending needs to expand its services even further so as to ensure, as much as possible, that loan recipients don’t default on their loans, things regular bankers never have to worry about. Have I accidentally stumbled on the totally unforeseen field of holistic economics?

I need your help, and/or creative energies, to find a decent solution for a problem.

The problem is this: how can we increase sales of the ebook and kits at the URL below?

http://www.green-trust.org/wordpress/aquaponics-project/

The products are:

  1. an aquaponics documentation CD with video (valued at $40);
  2. a bell siphon with aquaponics documentation CD with video (valued at $70, with free shipping in the lower 48 US states);
  3. an aquaponics 800 gph tank pump (valued at $99).

Part of the solution of the problem can simply be your purchase of one or more of the items above, but if a distributor, or even several distributors, can be found, we would be able to sell many more of the items. These items would be well-placed in a store, shop, or web merchant that sells survival and/or self-sufficiency equiment/solutions.

By helping with the solution of this problem, you will be doing several things:

  1. helping Green-Trust, a small non-profit, further its research and educational purpose, a mission which is very Fifth Worldish in nature;
  2. helping the advancement of the field of Fifth World microlending, which could lead to yet other educational materials or solutions in the future, and possibly even prizes or awards in the field of economics;
  3. facilitating the repayment of the first Fifth World loan, and once the loan is fully repaid with the promised interest, I can make the original $800 principle available for other Fifth World R&D projects;
  4. helping the advancement and growth of real Fifth World communities in a very factual way.

If you can help, and/or have a good idea, please contact me at bct [at] technologist.com as soon as possible.

Further details, evidence, and economics rationale about this project are available at this message board: http://goo.gl/lLB6N.

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Fifth World aquaponics system up and running

The aquaponics system I at least in part funded with a Fifth World microloan at the end of June is finished and running!

The water is circulating, and Spence has added ammonia and is letting the biofilter develop before adding the fish.

All of this means that after the planning and building phases, Spence and his friends at Green-Trust have now actually embarked on the new indoor/outdoor solar-powered aquaponics self-sufficiency survival food project.

The project includes a fish and vegetable production system, but also an optional solar power system, LED grow lights, possibly a do-it-yourself (DIY) greenhouse, and a methane digestion system for hot water and winter heating of the greenhouse. The fish will be fed by a grub composter. Spence is ordering the fish tomorrow.

The fish will be bluegill and catfish, as well as other varieties which are being investigated. The vegetables that will be planted have been picked for nutrition, hardiness, and ease of growing, mostly water plants in addition to traditional plants.

Green-Trust’s first kit is now available. It is a 2.5′ siphon, ready for installation in a 55-gallon plastic drum. It consists of a bulkhead fitting, a 30″ x 2″ vertical standpipe, a 30″ x 4″ vertical bell pipe with drilled cap, and a 28″ x 1/2″ snorkel pipe with fittings, all drilled and cut. Simple assembly is required. The cost is $60 plus shipping & handling, and includes complete system documentation on CD. The documentation CD without the siphon is $40.

You can order the kit, or get more information at http://www.green-trust.org/wordpress/aquaponics-project.

Birth of Fifth World microlending

Recently a few researchers in the US needed to embark on a new indoor/outdoor solar-powered aquaponics self-sufficiency project. They needed funding at least to help get the project going.

The project includes a fish and vegetable production system, but also an optional solar power system, LED grow lights, possibly a do-it-yourself (DIY) greenhouse, and a methane digestion system for hot water and winter heating of the greenhouse.

They needed a loan, and offered interest for it, complete project documentation, and guaranteed repayment in 90 days or less.

The end product of all of this, besides a good fish and vegetables production system, will be self-sufficiency education: video and ebook documentation, plus kits and supplies.

Well, I’ll admit I don’t have a lot of money, but I’m happy to say that today I sent them a loan.

Nobody is bragging about the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA) making the loan, in the manner of the Intermicronational Team Kiva page. While it is true the UMMOA Treasury is not completely penniless, its treasury is not, in reality, in US dollar form.

One also needs to take note of the following significant fact.

Total money lent so far by all 15 micronations or micronational leaders of the Intermicronational Team Kiva: $1,100.

Total money lent in a single loan by myself for the self-sufficiency research project: $800.

Nobody is stating that some UMMOA ‘bank of something’ made the loan either, because the loan was not made with other people’s money, but in a very Fifth Worldish, do-it-yourself way, by funnelling money from several personal bank accounts into a single one, and sending the money to the researchers via PayPal. Sure, it would be possible to form a group of Fifth World or special project microlenders, and whenever a worthy and/or interesting project comes up, the money could be funnelled from multiple accounts, but also from multiple people. However, I don’t expect too many people to do this, because after all, Fifth World microlending, because of its informality, is very risky, and very dependent of the loan recipients’ commitment and honesty.

As with Kiva, no pure donation or charity was used to sustain the self-sufficiency project. At least ideally, I should get my money back, and with a lot more interest than I’m currently earning.

Moreover, while other microlenders may fund cheap traditional business start-ups largely in the Third World, and this does not benefit people in the First World at all, even though our existence is even more in peril nowadays because global recession, and the utter failure of corporate capitalism to produce significant economic benefits for the majority of working people, we lent money in the First World (in South Carolina, to be more precise), and for a risky Fifth World research project, not for some traditional meat-and-potatoes business start-up.

With friends of Fifth World research like this, who needs Fourth World microlending organisations like Kiva?!

Let me also add this: while as a Fifth World microlender in the recent past I have assisted people to even to purchase particular items in Pounds sterling, and was repaid in Euros (I have bank accounts in neither currency!), I do not believe any Fourth World microlender has ever assisted wealthier people is such a fashion, so while with Fourth World microlending there are still two categories of people, microlenders and recipients of microlending, in Fifth World microlending the microlenders and the recipients of microlending are often the very same people.