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Climate change is felt severely in Tanzania. Mt. Kilimanjaro’s glacial ice cap has been slowly melting for decades with only 20% remaining. Tanzania’s dry climate means that much of the melted ice simply evaporates into the atmosphere.

At the base of the mountain you'll find the Tanzanian communities most affected. Farming families suffer from eroded, infertile soil. Streams and rivers from the mountain are drying up. Poverty and hunger are on the rise.

Plant With Purpose in Tanzania

Since 2004, Plant With Purpose has partnered with farmers in Tanzania, the majority of whom are women, many widows and single mothers. In Tanzania, women and children are among the poorest of the poor. Almost all women in Tanzania earn their income through agriculture, but they do not have the same access to training and resources as male farmers and, as a result, produce 20-30% less food.

Restoring Ecosystems

Through Plant With Purpose's sustainable agriculture training, partnering farmers in Tanzania are doubling their crop production. At the same time, they’re restoring the critical ecosystem around Mt. Kilimanjaro by planting more than a million trees a year, while also growing in their care for creation and love for their neighbors through a curriculum titled “Redemptive Agriculture.”

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Key Stats

6
Program Watersheds
489
Savings Groups
12,155
Participating Families
58,344
People
275
Church Partnerships
15,971,317
Trees Planted

Meet Some of Our Partners from Tanzania

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Haika Plants About 150 Trees Each Year

Haika Plants About 150 Trees Each Year

“I believe that planting trees and taking care of the land is the best method of sustainable development and restoring the environment to its original condition at both a personal and country-wide level. If you had visited our area before, you would notice the environment was losing its quality as people randomly cut down trees, our water sources were depleted during the summer, there were bare lands with no trees and low soil fertility. Now, my community’s relationship with the environment has changed enormously as a result of Plant With Purpose’s activities. I personally plant about 150 trees annually around my farm area and as a group we plant about 1,800 to 2,500 trees annually in different areas including around water sources, institutions, and other areas in our village. This has been impactful to my life and community because through planting trees, we experience changes of water availability in our village and improved weather conditions.”

Kanael’s Strength for her Children

Kanael’s Strength for her Children

After being widowed, Kanael could have despaired, but instead she hoped in God and believed she could raise her three children on her own. “I knew, despite the fact that I’m a widow, I have to work hard to get money to take my children to school and construct a modern house. My children had dreams to achieve in life, and I have always wanted to see them growing and have a good life.” After some women in her community invited her to learn more about Purpose Groups, Kanael decided to join. Kanael was able to save money from a small business selling bananas in the marketplace. Over time and with the help of several loans, Kanael expanded her banana business, built a modern house, and began raising chickens, pigs, and a cow. Her relationship with her children, her neighbors, and her community continue to grow as she works hard to provide the life she wants to see for her children.

Narinda, “I learned that you don’t have to be rich to help those in need—we can all practice acts of mercy.”

Narinda, “I learned that you don’t have to be rich to help those in need—we can all practice acts of mercy.”

“We invested so much into agriculture, but the returns were low. Our environment was not as provident and beautiful as it is now, and I didn’t even feel the need to have a constant supply of water at home. As a mother, having hungry children was so devastating that I decided it was time I do something about it. I started seeing my neighbors’ lives changing for the better. I decided to ask them what they do to afford their daily meals and improve their agricultural yields. They told me about Plant With Purpose and how it impacted their lives. This was eight years ago when I first joined a Purpose Group.” Today, “My life has improved so much, and I couldn’t have done it without their support. I have achieved most of my dreams today, and now have the courage to stand and testify about my life as a proud ambassador of Plant With Purpose.”

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2004, we started working in Tanzania, specifically in the Kilimanjaro region. Mount Kilimanjaro is a key biodiversity and environmental spot in Africa, home to different groups of people that all depend on the health of the environment for their survival, especially the rural farming families on the lower slopes of the mountain.
We are one of many organizations working together with the government of Tanzania and local authorities in Kilimanjaro to protect and restore the forests near the base of the mountain and its surrounding areas. Planting local species of trees in strategic locations has resulted in not only the increase of biodiversity but also renewed natural water sources that had previously dried up.
The Tanzanian government may be more stable and better resourced compared to their neighboring countries, but the country as a whole is still quite under resourced versus the needs around this critical environmental region.
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Our Global Impact

Thailand

  • 34 Purpose Groups
  • 1,634 People Served
  • 57 Church Partnerships
  • 1,439,264 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Thailand

    Tanzania

  • 489 Purpose Groups
  • 58,344 People Served
  • 275 Church Partnerships
  • 15,971,317 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Tanzania

    Mexico

  • 226 Purpose Groups
  • 14,633 People Served
  • 82 Church Partnerships
  • 975,218 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Mexico

    Haiti

  • 585 Purpose Groups
  • 84,234 People Served
  • 110 Church Partnerships
  • 5,135,452 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Haiti

    Ethiopia

  • 132 Purpose Groups
  • 12,787 People Served
  • 55 Church Partnerships
  • 535,574 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Ethiopia

    Dominican Republic

  • 284 Purpose Groups
  • 39,944 People Served
  • 147 Church Partnerships
  • 14,285,179 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Dominican Republic

    Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 369 Purpose Groups
  • 88,370 People Served
  • 127 Church Partnerships
  • 2,967,355 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in the DRC

    Burundi

  • 540 Purpose Groups
  • 77,896 People Served
  • 159 Church Partnerships
  • 7,378,105 Trees Planted
  • More about our work in Burundi

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