From seed to seedling to full-grown tree, we do everything in our power to keep all benefits, both financial and social, in the community. On this page you can read more about where these benefits come from, and how we make sure they stay local.
GROWING TREES WITH BENEFITS
The largest benefits to the communities come from the trees and from the products people may get from them. At the current level of carbon prices, the income for climate compensation is secondary, albeit still nice. Since all trees absorb CO2 it doesn’t really matter which species we plant. therefore we suggest planting useful trees.
As the trees grow, they provide benefits for the community. Some trees, such as the moringa tree or the neem tree (known as the ‘village drugstore’) provide medicine for the people in the area, saving a lot of trips to the pharmacy as well as reducing sick days. Trees can also provide food and a steady income.
If a community chooses to plant fruit trees
Last, but not least, our trees protect against erosion. Many of our trees are planted along local roads or irrigation canals. Here they provide shade, but they also protect the road or the canal from being washed away by the rain. That saves trouble, and it saves money in local budgets
First and foremost, whenever a client/sponsor pays TROFACO 25-30% of the what our sponsors/clients pay us goes directly to the local communities. The fact that we can pass on such a big percentage is due to our own specific and very effective, yet inexpensive verification system, to doing without a huge marketing budget and by limiting employment to essential staff.
We also pay for much of the work in relation to planting to local people. When it is time to grow seedlings for the planting sites, for example, we ask local tree nurseries to produce them. Not only does this secure local employment, but it also promotes a sense of responsibility for the trees by the local community.
Furthermore, we always cooperate with local farmers’ associations when planting the trees. This ensures that employment stays local, and that the work is organized and monitored properly. For the planting and the ongoing upkeep of planting sites, we make sure thats as many women as possible participate.
Surplus fruit from trees can be sold at the market and give additional income. In our 2018 verification, for example, we met with monks in Khnach Prey Siri Mean Leak temple in Kampot, Cambodia. They told us that the temple earns 5,000 USD per year from selling mangoes from the trees
CHOOSING OUR PARTNERS
We can only achieve our aim, if money and benefits go to the right people. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in development work – we have all heard about money getting lost due to mismanagement of funds or local corruption. To avoid these risks, we go through a very careful vetting process with any local partner before we start cooperation.
Our experience in these processes is extensive, as they have been a core element of our work for many years. So we trust the partners we choose, and we are confident that the benefits go where they belong. We check when we visit that our trust is still valid. Below are some of our closest partners in tropical countries