TREE AID helps villagers living in the drylands of Africa to reduce poverty and protect the environment using trees. The communities TREE AID works with live in some of the harshest places on the planet. In temperatures of over 40˚C, with no rain for up to nine months every year, these rural farmers try to feed their families with crops grown in the dry, dusty soil. When the rains fail, so does the harvest and villagers live with the constant threat of hunger, often not having enough to eat for 6 months every year.

Thanks to support from Fushi Wellbeing, TREE AID is training women to set up small businesses using trees. Teaching women to harvest and process nuts from the shea tree into shea butter gives women a safe and sustainable way to earn money. For many of the women TREE AID works with, this is the first time they have ever earned an independent income.

The income generated by ‘Tree Enterprise’ pays for children to go to school, buys stocks of staple foods to protect against hunger, and ensures access to medicines when people are sick. Protecting and planting trees around their homes and in their fields to supply their businesses means families are restoring their landscapes for the long term. Young people are remaining in their villages as they understand that there is hope for the future of their land and their lives.

  • Reo, Burkina Faso, May 2012: A boy eating a mango at a mango orchard funded by Tree Aid.

  • Reo, Burkina Faso, May 2012: A mango orchard funded by Tree Aid.

  • Debre Birhan, Amhara, Ethiopia, October checks the young apples on her grafted apple trees provided by EWNHS.

  • Reo, Burkina Faso, May 2012: Using Moringa to treat childhood malnutition. Roseline Kansole, 32, picks and dries Moringa leaves

  • Debre Birhan, Amhara, Ethiopia, watering young seedlings

  • A young baobab seedling planted in a field will shade crops and provide nutritious leaves

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