We call this the Community Tree Planting project for a reason. A key insight of the project is that organized groups are more able to take care of trees than any individual. Small groups of farmers band together and enter into an agreement to plant and grow new trees.
Clusters are large communities that include dozens of small groups within walking distance of a central meeting point. This clustering system started in Kenya, and has spread to all countries where Community Tree Planting operates.
Organizing in Clusters keeps costs low and creates organizational partnerships. Clusters are responsible for planting and caring for a specific quantity of trees, as well as designating hectares reserved for planting.
Thanks to this system, we see huge potential to scale the impact of this project. More farmers sign up for the waitlist than our partners have the resources to help.
That's why your funding is so impactful—it helps provide what these farmers need to get started (and pays them to keep the trees in the ground).
Right now, nearly 100,000 farmers are part of this program. Let's grow that by 20% in 2020, in order to plant millions more trees.
- The Wren Team
Mimi, Landon, Ben, and Taylor