Extreme poverty and the environment are not two separate issues. A healthy environment is vital
to a community’s ability to fight poverty. Click the arrows to the left and right to learn more.
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- ECOLOGICAL LATRINES
Ecological latrines prevent waste from seeping into water sources and causing deadly disease. Combined with dirt, ash, and lime, this waste becomes safe to use as compost.LOCAL OWNERSHIP
Plant With Purpose works alongside communities to help them identify their needs and work together to create solutions.MICROFINANCE
Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) provide a way for families to safely save money and access loans for small business development, farm improvements, and family needs. The VSLAs are also an excellent platform for teaching and training on a wide variety of topics.CISTERNS
Women and girls walk long distances to find water. Cisterns collect rainwater, lifting this burden and providing a year-round source of water for gardens, cooking, and hygiene.
What you can doFUEL-EFFICIENT STOVES
Plant With Purpose community members construct stoves that use 50 percent less wood, dramatically reducing the need to cut trees as well as respiratory illness and premature death from smoke inhalation.SOIL PROTECTION
Farmers learn to protect their land by building soil conservation barriers and planting a wide variety of trees and cover crops.WATERSHEDS
As trees are planted, watersheds are restored, and streams begin to flow once again.PLANTING TREES
Farmers plant fruit and forest trees on farms and hillsides, reducing soil erosion and providing a much-needed source of food and income.SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Communities learn to grow more food on less land while at the same time caring for the long-term health of their land.DIGNITY
Farming families can afford to put food on the table and send their children to school with dignity.CHURCH MOBILIZATION
Plant With Purpose works alongside local churches to help meet communities’ needs, foster discipleship, and teach people about God's love.
Without trees, topsoil erodes rapidly. Without topsoil, the land lacks fertility and rain runs off the hillsides, decreasing crop yields and increasing hunger.SLASH AND BURN
SLASH AND BURN
Rural farming families use the slash-and-burn technique to clear land for farming.RUNOFF
When the soil’s ability to absorb water is compromised, rainwater runs off barren hillsides taking with it harmful waste which polutes local water sources.RAINFALL
As forests disappear, rains become irregular, streams dry up, and wells give out.CHARCOAL
Faced with severely limited economic opportunities, rural families have little choice but to cut trees to sell as charcoal or firewood.FLOODING
Flashfloods, mudslides, and landslides are threats that follow heavy rains on eroded land, devastating people, crops, and livestock.LACK OF LEADERSHIP
LACK OF LEADERSHIP
In poor, rural areas, church and community leaders often lack the training and tools needed to care for their communities.FINANCIAL INSECURITY
No access to formal banking services means that the poor are unable to safely save or access credit.MIGRATION
With no way to make an adequate living, families are often split apart as family members leave the countryside in search of work.