Community Benefits

By showing communities how to unlock the value in local forests, we are creating opportunities for rural Tanzanians to leverage forest resources as assets to pursue their own development aspirations. This is real empowerment, and makes our approach unique compared to that of many other development NGOs. Communities themselves decide how to spend their forest revenues, whilst we support this process by nurturing effective and transparent governance systems that promote community-wide engagement and benefit distribution. As a result, local income from timber has been used to improve social services and fund development projects with broad-based benefits for entire communities, such as:

  • 259 expectant mothers subsidised with money towards maternal care
  • 20 mattresses and 40 blankets for the village health center
  • Health insurance for 20 elderly people in the village
  • A house for the village nurse
  • A midwife's house
  • One primary school and two classrooms
  • A nursery school
  • 92 school desks
  • 323 uniforms for primary school students
  • Free school meals provided in one school
  • A furnished house for a primary school teacher, fitted with solar panels
  • A ward secondary school laboratory
  • A village guesthouse
  • Two marketplaces, one equipped with solar panels
  • 10 million Tanzanian Shillings contributed towards a ward police post
  • Two village offices
  • A house for a Village Executive Officer
  • 13 water wells
  • 53 households provided with maize in times of hardship