Your support changes lives. Here is the story of Anet, who thanks to donations from people like you has been able to make a better life for herself and her family. She lives in Uganda and has become part of Size of Wales and the Welsh Government’s project to plant One Million Trees in a highly deforested region of Uganda.
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Anet Nabumati is married with five children and lives on a small farm in Busiu, Mbale Region of Uganda. Anet says that before being involved in the tree planting project, she tried to set up some small income generating activities to help to support her family, including brewing and selling the local alcoholic spirit called waragi, but none of them were successful.
Then, in 2011 when the Mbale CAP/ Size of Wales One Million Tree Planting project was introduced into Busiu, Anet was selected to be among the 20 contact farmers to raise trees and supply the other farmers locally. Anet had no skills or experience in tree planting but within a year with training from the local NGO, “Share an Opportunity”, she and one other person were selected to run two nurseries and distribute trees.
Anet says that the project has changed her life immensely. It has increased her household income as she is now paid to run the tree nurseries and also grows and sells coffee trees to farmers in the area. She says that with her new knowledge and skills she can now raise coffee plants, ornamental flowers and other trees, in addition to the original trees provided by the project, which she sells to pay school fees and household needs.
She has also learnt how to make improved fuel saving stoves from local materials which cook food very quickly and use less wood. This allows her more time for running her nurseries.
She says that the project has proved that women can manage nurseries, in some cases better than men who traditionally have done this work. On a personal level, the project has raised her profile as a woman and mother as she has become known regionally and internationally as one of the leaders of the successful tree planting projects. Anet has not only trained local people but has also given radio interviews to inform people of the benefits of tree planting. She is really pleased to be a part of the project.