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Making a socio-economic impact

A key aspect of our social reforestation project is the socio-economic impact it has on participating communities. With each planting season, more and more of the regions’ residents get involved, not just directly as participating farmers, but also indirectly as nursery staff and planters. This has brought considerable benefits to participating communities, in a region facing seasonal food shortages and where the average monthly income is only $80. For the past two years, our social reforestation project has been the largest employer in the area, providing over $200,000 in direct payments in 2013 alone. This is equivalent to the annual income of 200 families, which is a significant amount for a population of 17,000.

Each planting season, the whole community gets involved; building nurseries, clearing the planting areas, digging holes, planting trees, and weeding and maintaining the trees. Many women participate in this process, representing close to 50% of the community members hired. During the planting process, men are often responsible for digging the holes for the trees, and women are in charge of planting the seedlings.

A key priority of the project is give equal opportunity for each gender to participate. As such, a great proportion of the women in the community are contributing to and benefiting from the project.

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