Newly Forged Partnership Blends Property Investment With Social Impact

By AltFi on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Savings and Investment

One of the more recent entrants into the equity crowdfunding space has come up with a groundbreaking new scheme for investors seeking both a social and financial return.

Property Moose – an equity crowdfunding platform for property investment – is joining forces with Uprise London. The latter is a social enterprise which works with partner organisations to provide housing, training and employment to women that have suffered serious trauma – including victims of domestic abuse and sex trafficking. Up to now, Uprise has financed the provision of these services using social and ethical investment funds – and now its adding Property Moose into the mix. This union opens the doors to a whole host of private investors who will now be able to invest in the scheme for a minimum of £500.

James Cadbury, Co-Founder and Director of Property Moose, commented on the partnership:

“We’re always looking for opportunities to invest and grow, but also to give something back to society.

“This partnership with Uprise London brings important social benefits as well as being a solid long-term investment.”

Clearly this is a fantastic initiative from a social standpoint – but how about from a purely financial perspective? Uprise will use rental and property management income to pay its investors a fixed rate of 6% return. Those investors also get a 70% share of the capital growth once the property is sold after 5 years. The spare 30% capital growth will be reinvested by Uprise London into social action and community development programs. This appears to be an attractive proposition on two fronts – as an investment opportunity, and as a tool for assisting those in dire need.

Paul Gutteridge, Director of Uprise, summarized:

“This is a powerful model to transform communities through social action and nurture the innate resilience and capacity of these women. Committing part of their investment portfolio to a scheme like this is a safe way for investors to make real difference to individuals and communities while delivering a solid return.”

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