We dream of a world with gift-economy, where money is obsolete, goods and services are shared and life on Earth is not degraded to a merchandise object of use and exploitation for the purpose of financial profit.
Unfortunately at the moment it´s still very hard, almost impossible, to break completely free from capitalism. For now, Terra Viva will try to deal with the financial necessities. And of course solidarity concerning financial questions is one of the principles of Terra Viva.
Living in community reduces normal costs for life a lot by sharing many things. Also living as self-sufficient as possible reduces costs. Furthermore a simple life-style without numbing distractions of modern society, without wastefulness and luxury contributes as well to low costs.
Terra Viva still needs funding for starting the project, for building it up, as well as for maintaining it and living there. We need a lot of money for acquiring a property. But no matter how much it is - it´s possible for a community to finance it as the examples of great eco-villages like Tamera or Glarisegg show: people with hardly any money were finally able to purchase big expensive properties. It is possible.
Crowd funding and "empowered fundraising" are two of the main strategies to get money. Direct credits and donations depend on how famous and convincing the project and its community is. Parts of the project could be supported by different environmental, social or cultural funds.
For maintaining the project and living there, permanent incomes are needed. Incomes can be created by working outside the project or inside.
Money can flow into the project by the contributions of guests, course participants, volunteers. EU volunteers can get funded by "Erasmus Plus". Visitors could pay as AIR BnB guests. Festivals and concerts could also create income. Own products could be sold on local markets. In any case other eco villages will serve as models.