The communities that cooperate with TroFaCo and its partners enjoy good benefits.
In Cambodia we calculated those in our final report to the donor (Nordic Climate Facility), who funded the beginning. It turned out the communities over the coming 20 years will enjoy benefits that are five times larger than the initial investments – on top of the the money they earn from our selling of offsets.
It is also in addition to the wages TroFaCo pay for planting and tending to the trees. These, like several of the others, mainly go to poor women.
The more indirect benefits come from:
- Sales of fruits: The farmers choose which kinds of trees they want, and they usually include some fruit trees like mango or tamarind. When the trees start having fruits the income can be 10-30 USD per tree per year.
- Saved health costs. The farmers almost always include a few trees with good medicinal properties. It may be the neem tree (known as the ‘village drugstore’), the moringa tree or others. The use of these save many trips to the drugstore, many purchases of medicine as well as many sick days.
- Reduced damage to infrastructure, such as irrigation canals and roads. The trees reduce ersosion when the rain falls heavily. That saves good money in the public budgets.
Both the fruits and the avoided health costs bring benefits mainly to women through income and saved purchases.