Gikumene Village

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  • Gikumene Village - TIST Reforestation Project

Over 6845 TIST Groups in Kenya have been growing since 2005.

The Gikumene Cluster is 500 strong. Today about 30 of the members do a traditional dance then proceed down to the stream bed to plant about 40 trees. Traditionally planting and singing connect the women more deeply with each other. The women come from different areas so the songs are both unifying and motivating. Esther Mukiwamunewe is particularly enthusiastic as she praises her newly planted trees with a dance over them.

Local Farmers Make it all Possible

The real credit for the outstanding results of this program belongs to the local subsistence farmers who collect indigenous seeds, make nurseries, plant seedlings, and keep them alive through droughts, floods, cattle and goat raids and rogue elephants. TIST farmers are proud of the benefits their trees are having on their lives and on the global environment.

Co-Founder, TIST


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