Kiva Lending Team: Tree Lovers
We loan because...
Planting and sustaining trees can provide a long lasting source of income, an important food supply, protection for the environment as well as shelter for wildlife and livestock. All this and they add beauty too.
He who plants a tree, plants a hope.
We love trees in all their various shapes and sizes; preferring loans that plant trees or keep them standing and producing, rather than ones that cut them down for their wood. The key word is sustainability.
We understand that a tree can have a multitude of wonderful uses and here are just a few:
- Alleviates the "Greenhouse Effect" by absorbing CO2, storing the carbon and producing oxygen.
- Prevents or reduces soil erosion and water pollution; acting as windbreaks, conserving rainwater, and reducing water runoff and sediment deposit after storms.
- Provides shade for livestock and people
- Provides a sustainable source of food or income.
- Fruit trees such as annona ( paw paw/ sugar apple family) apple, apricot, avocado, cacao, calamondin (calamansi), Carambola(Star Fruit )carob, cherry, custard apple (sugar apple), coconut, durian, fig, guava, grapefruit, jocote (spondias purpurea), jackfruit, Jujube,lemon, lime, longan, mandarins, mango, mangosteen, marang, mulberry, Nanches, nectarine, olive, orange, papaya, peach, persimmon, pitaya (dragonfruit), plum, pomegranate, quince, Rambutan, Sapodilla (Manilkara zapota or Sapota or Mamey), Strawberry Tree - Arbutus unedo, tamarillo (tree tomato)
- Nut trees such as almond,betel, brazil, cashew, chestnut, hazelnut, Macadamia, Mahogany, Pecan, pistachio, Walnut
- Achiote tree from which the condiment Annatto comes
- Banana, not technically a tree, but we're not going to be pedantic about that!
- Croton tree ( for it's nuts)
- Khat - for its leaves.
- Pacay also known as Ice Cream bean tree
- Tagua Palm (also known as Ivory Palms or Ivory-nut Palms )- nut is carved and known as vegetable ivory
Lets not forget that Trees are just beautiful too !
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Jose Daniel received a loan from Rob to buy fertilizers for three manzanas (approximately 1.72 acres of land) and pay for labor to do the work.$225 to goLend Now
Zhaneta received a loan from Katharina to rent some land and some cherished orchards so she will be able to expand her family's agricultural activity, and thus provide a better income.$725 to goLend Now
Julio Abel received a loan from Rob to maintain his parcels of land by, first, planting weeds, thereby avoiding plagues and improving production, in order to offer a better harvest to customers.
Huayrurpata Group received a loan from Rob to maintain his cocoa crops by investing in pruning, weeding, and fertilizers.$2,075 to goLend Now
Luis Noe received a loan from Rob to weed and mulch for his cacao harvest, to have a better harvest and offer quality products to his clients.$200 to goLend Now
Rohat received a loan from 8 team members to acquire an apricot garden so that she can expand her business and increase her income.
Faalagilagi received a loan from Diane (& Bill) to buy banana tubes (seedlings), taro roots, a wheelbarrow, a water tank, hand gloves, a rake, a shovel, and chemicals.$750 to goLend Now
Las Solidarias Caulaltu 1 Group received a loan from 2 team members to buy soil amendments, fertilizer, foliar fertilizer, fungicide, etc.
Andrew received a loan from 2 team members to prune, mulch and buy manure to apply on his banana plantation.
Olta received a loan from Tim to buy olive and citrus trees for planting at this young lady's family land, so in a few years her family will produce olive oil for their consumption and citrus for selling.
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