Total loan: $10,625
Patamban, Mich., Mexico / Agriculture
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A loan helped to reforest pine forests to harvest the resin.
04Patamban Group's story
Donato is from Patamban, Michoacán, México. With nostalgia and fervor at the same time, he says, "We are giving ourselves the task of reforesting the abandoned areas. We began to swap parcels of land for spaces to plant pine trees because we found ourselves in a climate that reproached us for the damage it had suffered. It doesn’t rain anymore, and it’s very hot. The climate is very different from how it was years ago, and our children may not know about pine trees if we do not do anything. I have been reforesting for 10 years now. I have tall pine trees, but I also have small pines that need a lot of maintenance and special care. It is not easy to pay the expenses by ourselves. Unfortunately, we cannot support our families financially with our forestry activities. Reforestation is a benefit that the entire world must take responsibility for because we have seen the ravages of climate change, and we must decide whether we are willing to improve our planet. For this reason, I stand by continuing this project, and although we have many shortcomings, we have the firm conviction that thanks to the support and encouragement of Kiva, we will be able to move forward and keep alive our dream of reforesting all our forests”.