In Tanzania, Plant With Purpose’s local partner Floresta is transforming the lives of rural farming families through environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal. The program has seen unprecedented growth since it began in 2004 now working with more than 95 communities in the regions surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro. Traditionally, when families need farmland and fuelwood for cooking or heating, they resort to cutting down trees. In order to create alternatives to deforestation, Floresta encourages planting trees while sharing necessary tools for replenishing the land and improving lives. Nearly 7,800 farming families are increasing their food security and savings by utilizing sustainable farming techniques and participating in one of Floresta Tanzania’s 300 savings-and-loans groups. These groups collectively have a combined member equity of $850,000, enabling members to save money, send their children to school, and invest in a brighter future for their families. Partnering families have collectively planted more than seven million trees in an effort to heal their land. Partnerships exist with more than 175 local churches teaching a curriculum called “Redemptive Agriculture.”
Activities include training for rural farmers in sustainable techniques such as organic fertilizers, agroforestry, reforestation efforts, soil conservation, family gardens, and rainwater harvesting. Support is also provided for savings-led microfinance groups, and building of church leadership.
environment, community development
- Economic Recovery and Development