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Total loan: $19,850

Las Pitas Group

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Ario de Rosales, Mich., Mexico / Agriculture

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A loan helped to maintain restored native pine forest. Resin will be harvested annually, generating income for generations.

Las Pitas Group's story

To find out more about how Ejido Verde is working to create opportunity for indigenous populations watch this video Belén, Benjamín and Casimiro are part of a communal agriculture group in the town of La Cebadilla, in the municipality of Ario de Rosales in Michoacan, México.

In an effort to improve living conditions for their families, keep their families together, and avoid their children emigrating, in 2015-2016 they started resin pine plantations, using their own resources.

Their primary objective is that their loved ones will see the forests reach full potential, like the forests of their youth. With the strong desire to bring awareness to the importance of caring for their forests and supporting their growth, this group must count on the support necessary to maintain their resin plantations. This work consists of weeding, pest control, pruning, and thinning.

The process of bringing their pines to produce resin takes some years, but once they do, they generate income for up to 70 years. This gives them the peace of mind of knowing that in their old age, they will not only benefit their children but also their grandchildren and future generations.

They are aware of the fact that there are many thousands of people who are concerned about nature and about the world we will leave to our children. They are confident that this will be a success story that will give them the satisfaction of knowing that they have done something for our world.

Their resin pine plots can be seen on Google Earth here: https://goo.gl/7ZQxc2