The work done

The work done

Tree planting in semi-arid areas in Kenya and Uganda

Better Globe Forestry Ltd. (BGF) is a forestry implementation company that focuses on sustainable forestry and social development in East Africa. With the support of Better Globe AS, it establishes and operates tree plantations in arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL). And together with local partner farmers, various kinds of trees are grown using agroforestry techniques in soils that are difficult to cultivate. Partner farmers benefit in many ways, including improved financial security, better soil health, access to technical assistance and training, reduced soil erosion, support for children’s education, and more.

Through social entrepreneurship and sustainable development, BGF helps people out of poverty, both directly and indirectly. By operating tree plantations and working with contract farmers, the number of people in employment increases. Better Globe customers who purchase the Donation Package monthly also help fund community-owned microfinance banks and the construction and renovation of schools.

Because this effort to counter poverty in Africa is grounded in sustainable business principles, everyone involved benefits while supporting the environment. As a Better Globe customer, you help build a greener and more sustainable future for African communities, the world community, and your family. As you purchase Sponsor and Donation Packages, you also get the opportunity to accumulate shares in Tree Partner Solutions AB (TPS). With Better Globe, everyone wins.

BGF genuinely believes in sustainability and the importance of a long-term view. There are no quick fixes. If you want to make a real change, you need to lay a solid foundation and have a long-term perspective on everything you do. When working with the cultivation of suitable types of trees for the right environment, the long-term perspective comes by itself. The other fundamental factor to BGF’s business is sustainability and caring for the environment to make Africa a greener and healthier continent. As a Better Globe customer, everything you purchase contributes to a greener and more sustainable future, both for Africans and the world at large.

Mulandi Nzama is a BGF partner farmer and grows Mukau trees on his land
Mulandi Nzama is a BGF partner farmer growing Mukau trees on his land

For change to endure, it needs to be sustainable for all parties. BGF believes in sustainability for:

  • employees on the plantations who receive a salary that enables them to help themselves out of poverty
  • the environment and the planet because tree planting reduces the threat of climate change and desertification
  • children living in the local communities who get the opportunity to go to school because we help to fund the construction and renovation of schools through our partner Child Africa
  • recipients of microloans from the community-owned banks BGF finance through the Donation Package sold to Better Globe customers worldwide
  • the countries in which BGF operates, as they receive taxes and the economic value added by the industries created
  • the communities where the employees live, where infrastructure can be improved and opportunities for sustainable growth and better living standards are created
  • financially for everyone that supports the effort, by ensuring profitability for Better Globe customers through TPS, it will always make economic sense to sponsor the activities

Because all parties are winners, BGF is on a sustainable path to achieving its vision to combat corruption and eradicate poverty, one family at a time. It will not happen overnight. However, what BGF has accomplished since 2004 has exceeded expectations in many areas. And with your help, BGF can move faster toward its goal of a greener and healthier Africa. This will significantly improve the living conditions among the most vulnerable communities.


Tried and tested methods give results

You may be surprised to know that none of what BGF is doing is new. In 2004, the Kenyan environmental activist and later Environment Minister Wangari Maathai received the Nobel Prize for planting trees. A few years later, Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for creating the concepts around microcredit and microfinance. And education is well-known as one of the main roads out of poverty.

However, what BGF does is unique in the world today. Since its startup in 2004, the company has combined all these crucial elements into a sustainable and working business concept, benefiting everyone involved.

At Better Globe AS, we developed a crowdfunding strategy for BGF. This strategy enables anyone to help reduce poverty in Africa and promote a greener future. And by participating, you can experience the joy of helping those who are less fortunate while benefiting financially from half of the trees you help to plant.

Tree seedlings ready to be planted. Kiambere, Kenya 2017
Melia volkensii tree seedlings are ready to be planted. Kiambere, Kenya 2017

The success factor is how BGF combines the various strategies for social impact into a working business model. In short, what BGF does with the help of Better Globe customers who purchase Sponsor and Donation Packages is to:

  • Help people to help themselves – The company believes in teaching people to fish rather than giving them fish.
  • Plant trees – Turning dry and degraded lands into green productive areas that improve the local environment, counter climate change and erosion, and bring about a predictable financial outcome.
  • Fund community-owned microfinance banks – The loan recipients also become bank stakeholders when receiving a loan. To secure long-term success, financial literacy is taught to further strengthen the economy of the communities.
  • Provide water – Funding goes to water-related projects, and contract farmers often receive water usage and water conservation training from agroforestry field agents.
  • Support education – The best way to help people change their situation is through education. For every Donation Package sold, a part goes to fund the construction and renovation of schools.
  • Collaborate – Nobody has ever achieved something of this magnitude on their own. BGF’s collaborations and partnerships are the keys to their and our success.

Our impact

Both Better Globe’s and BGF’s vision and long-term goals are to reduce poverty and corruption in Africa. Poverty and corruption are the two most significant constraints holding Africa back from really flourishing. And with the help of caring people like you, we can make a lasting difference for both African dryland farming communities and the world as a whole.

Philomena Wayua is a diligent worker at BGF's plantation in Kiambere. Kenya, 2017
Philomena Wayua is a diligent worker at BGF’s plantation in Kiambere. Kenya, 2017.

Since BGF started in 2004, the company has overcome many obstacles unique to the challenging work environment in arid and semi-arid areas. Here are a few examples of the accomplishments that have been helped along with the support of Better Globe’s customers from around the world:

  • more than 3 360 000 trees planted (january, 2023) on lands that nobody thought suitable for forestry
  • funded the construction of three schools in Uganda built by our partner Child Africa
  • funded renovations and supported several schools in Kenya through Child Africa
  • funded the purchase of a new school in Kabale, Uganda, Child Africa’s first college
  • in addition to company staff, they employed several hundred seasonal workers in areas where there previously were almost no job opportunities
  • funded two microloan banks that have lent money to over 5,000 families who become stakeholders as they repay their loans
  • started a partnership with thousands of farmers who receive great benefits from adding tree cultivation and agroforestry to their business activities

Read more about our impact here →


Purchase now and do good for others and yourself!

Support tree planting and poverty relief in East Africa with our Sponsor and Donation Packages. Make a financially sound decision to help families in need with a chance to benefit from long-term sustainable and ethical forest management with Tree Partner Solutions AB. It feels fantastic to help others and the environment. Click the link below and make your first purchase with Better Globe AS and contribute to a better world today.

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Sponsor Package
€27

  • Opportunity for shares in TPS
  • Help plant two trees today
  • Create job opportunities
  • Give one tree to farmers
  • Counter desertification
  • Offset CO2 with trees

Donation Package
€59

  • Includes 2x Sponsor Packages
  • Create a social impact today
  • Offset CO2 with four trees
  • Give two trees to farmers
  • Donate to microfinance
  • Donate to Child Africa
  • Empower women
Jonatan Westman
Gothenburg, Sweden

I visited the operations in Kenya and Uganda during a sponsor trip in the summer of 2017, and then I got to experience the huge difference made on site, with the support from us. It is heartwarming to know that I contribute to providing these opportunities to some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

Partners

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