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Why Color Me In! Has a good way to help African communities: Donate Now

January 14, 2010

Last week I posted an article on Color Me In! The organization that helps village groups by providing micro-loans paid back by planting trees (rather than in cash). Some profitable local enterprises have formed with some of them using profits to start community assistance programs. Here is why the program is good.

  • Local groups decide what projects they want to borrow for — know best what can boost the community and its economy — and what fits well with the local needs/markets and culture.
  • These investment provide business opportunities, jobs and incomes — this is what is needed to prevent people from migrating to shanty towns where conditions are unlivable.
  • The tree planting is ecologically beneficial — preventing soil erosion, and sequestering carbon.
  • The profits can be used to provide for additional community needs.

These are the reasons I have and will continue to contribute to ColorMeIn! Please Join me by using going to: Color Me In!

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