"Each forest management project now has a well-managed area of forestland to conserve, develop and utilise. Everyone has a sense of belonging and cooperates in the protection and controlling of wildfires"
“We have been on this project since the beginning
and we are now in our third year. There’s so much we
have learnt in that period - how to make compost, how
to fence a garden, how to graft, how to plant trees
and many other skills.”
“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
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.
“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.