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Read some inspiring stories from the people we work with.
Bernadette, a women in Mali, smiling in front of trees.

Bernadette's story

Bernadette was finding it harder and harder to get enough food for her family because of changes to her environment.

Since joining a Tree Aid project, she has been making and selling shea butter from shea trees.

“The biggest change has been to the environment. Through the project, our eyes are now open. I know that by caring for my environment, I can increase the number of trees and use them well to get more income.” Bibata, Passimtenga village, Burkina Faso

Read Bibata's story

Zalissa's story

Zalissa lives in the village of Passimtenga in Burkina Faso. As her land becomes more and more degraded, she is finding it harder to get enough food and money to provide for her family. 

But six years ago, Zalissa joined a soumbala enterprise group. With help from tools and training provided through a Tree Aid project, she learnt how to turn dawadawa tree seeds into soumbala ─ a nutrient-rich food. 

Mouni, a volunteer forest guard, smiling in front of his local forest.

“Thanks to the project, everybody is involved in protecting the environment. Trees are no longer being destroyed and the forest is even being restored. With a good environment, we can increase our yield of crops in the fields. Here, trees mean life, or as we say, Tiga Ya Vim.” Mouni, volunteer forest guard, Burkina Faso.

"The forest cover has been depleted and the trees are no longer available like they used to be. Harvesting firewood is very difficult." Kachana, Nakolo, Ghana

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“Before, we would have four months of the lean, hungry season. Since I joined the project, I am with other women from the village and we sell shea butter and other forest products together.

It really makes it easier for me to take care of my children and my family.” 

"Before Tree Aid came here, we didn’t know the importance of trees. Tree Aid taught us how to care for and nurture trees, collect the shea nuts and produce the butter. Trees have a lot of importance for us." Awa, Torem Village, Burkina Faso

Kubaje, a women that Tree Aid is working with in Ghana, smiling and holding a bowl of shea nuts that she collected.

“We have benefited from a lot of training under this project. Out of the money that comes, we are able to buy enough food to feed our family. It is earning us a lot of respect in our society.” Kubaje, Nakolo village, Ghana