One of the biggest drivers of deforestation is poverty. Building diverse income streams that can withstand bad harvest, floods, droughts and unforeseen emergencies can be the biggest asset in a communities’ arsenal against forest loss. Investing in skills, from accounting to engineering, help create alternative options to selling trees. And with micro-credit loans available, local people are the first to profit from their future hard work.
“The rainforest is everything to me. It’s where I can find the things I like to eat and seeds to make jewellery. I hope that people will continue to buy our jewellery in order to help my community” Rosalina, Uracuza village.