Financial Projection Through Phase One (1974-1976)

One of the earliest financial reports on the development of the nascent community of Jonestown in Guyana exists because the reverse sides of the two-page document were used as scratch paper for memos written four years later.

The $1.9 million plan is ambitious – among other things, it anticipates clearing 520 acres of jungle, converting 370 acres of it into crops and pasture, and raising pigs and cattle – and it was all supposed to happen within two years, between January 1974 and February 1976. For the most part, the plans were carried out.

The editors are grateful to Heather Shannon for transcribing this document.

Financial Projection Through Phase One, RYMUR 89-4286- BB-2-ll-8, ll-6