I love this story.
After graduating from Brown University, Tevis Howard went back to his home in Kenya and setup an awesome organization called Komaza.
Komaza is a forestry business that benefits Kenya in two very important ways. It helps the social economic situation as well as Kenya’s environment.
In the last 50 years, tree cover has gone down from 10% to only 2% of the land. Not only is wood a high cost commodity that can benefit poor farmers, but there is a dire need for reforestation.
That’s where Komaza steps in and makes a powerful difference in Kenya.
Since Howard’s return to Africa, he now works with over 5,500 farmers who have planted over 1.5 million trees and is on track to plant 5o million by 2020.
“As well as modern farming techniques, Komaza offers an infrastructure the farmers wouldn’t have access to otherwise: logging, transport, sawmills, wood treatment, and the like. It’s allowing the farmers to share in the value of wood where it’s most valuable, Howard says, which is in the processing rather than the growing part of the chain.”
This is the kind of sustainable, economic and environmental renewal that will change the face of Kenya in so many ways.
Learn more on the Komaza website.