Your Cool Earth Impact Report
Spring 2018

Your Cool Earth Impact Report <br/> Spring 2018

This spring we’re looking at how training is building capacity across all our current partnerships.

Cool Earth’s aim is to create strong, self-sustaining communities, not dependency. From savings groups in Papua New Guinea to the most remote corner shop you’ll ever visit deep in the Amazon rainforest, your support is building strong communities and keeping forest standing for years to come.

The Asháninka project in Peru

Home Grown Finance

Training communities in how to collectively save money and give out loans is one of the best ways to help develop business skills, not to mention fight poverty. And communities that have a secure financial future don’t have to sell their trees. That’s why Cool Earth is keen that all our partnerships get saving.

Your Cool Earth Impact Report <br/> Spring 2018

This year, Wabumari local Community Facilitator, Daisy Halaba, took part in Village Saving and Loans Associations (VSLA) training with CARE International, a global initiative working to end poverty in rural communities. Most of the people Cool Earth works with can’t access banks. Using VSLAs means that even the poorest members of the community will have the opportunity to borrow and save. Savings groups are responsible for safeguarding their own finances, choosing their own interest rates and loan repayment periods. Each member makes decisions about where their money should be invested. And even better, villages, where these savings groups have been set up, have more women starting up businesses.

Growing the future in DR Congo

The vast majority of deforestation in the Congo rainforest is on a small scale, caused by subsistence farming and fuelwood collection. After years of conflict, the area is cripplingly poor, and families often have no choice but to rely on forest lands for food and fuel. Slash and burn is commonly used for clearing forest.

Your Cool Earth Impact Report <br/> Spring 2018

Cool Earth is working alongside local people in Lubutu to find ways to grow crops that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. Cool Earth is lucky enough to be working in Lubutu with a smart team from Flora and Fauna International, who have decades of experience working with communities in the Congo. They have organised a series of workshops where growers will meet buyers from local markets.

Together, they’ll go through an analysis process to work out which products have the highest demand and value to sell. Better understanding of markets means community members will be able to grow more of the crops that matter.

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