KITALU:Women Restore urban environment by revitalizing idle urban land spaces into locally-adapted micro-native tree garden business space

We train poor urban women to revitalize idle urban land spaces and establish their own locally-adapted micro-tree gardens business spaces

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Vicent Sirili

Initiative's representative date of birth

08/03/1987

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Tanzania

Headquarters location: city

Arusha

Where are you making a difference?

SAME

Website or social media url(s)

https://www.remoteness.co.tz/ (The project is implemented by remoteness Limited)

Date Started

March/2019

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €50k - €100k

Organization Type

  • Nonprofit/NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Betty is a 40-year-old single mother of 3 living in Ngarenaro Street, Arusha city, Tanzania. She loves the native environment, inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. She would like to run her own micro-regenerative native trees garden one day, but she has neither the training nor land and other resources to do this. So I thought what if we are able to identify, train and support poor women in urban areas on how to revitalize idle land spaces and establish their own locally-adapted micro-tree regenerative native gardens business spaces, provide a kit with some materials and replicate this model for other cities/town. Betty knows she could become a conservation leader by sell native trees species in the urban communities.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Over years, rapid development and population increase in cities cause problems such as different forms of land degradation including deforestation and forest degradation, loss of vegetation cover, soil erosion, soil pollution and loss of biodiversity. Land, one of the most prized natural assets in urban Tanzania, is under increasing pressure stemming from competition for access, changing consumption patterns and the drive for greater economic growth. This results in loss of access and inequity.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Kitalu is a Swahili word means Micro-regenerative native trees species garden. We identify, train and support poor women in urban/city areas to become Native trees-preneurs to revitalize idle urban/cities land spaces and establish their own locally-adapted Micro-regenerative native trees species garden business spaces in their local communities. By joining the Kitalu Network, Trees-preneurs receive intensive training & mentoring on how to revitalize idle urban/cities land spaces into, locally-adapted Micro-regenerative native trees species garden business spaces, entrepreneurship, Natural-compost preparation, record keeping to improve the quality of services offered to individual urban household and companies tree growers to reduce their carbon footprint. Native Trees-preneurs are also provided with a starter kit including key resources for their micro-garden, and ongoing quality assurance to maintain Kitalu’s minimum standards. Kitalu operates a small number of ‘Micro-regenerative native trees species garden business spaces of excellence’ across Arusha. These provide space for training Native trees-preneurs, and displaying best practices in low-resource environments.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

Historically, Micro-tree gardens are centralized within the research and Training. The land is very expensive in urban/cities, it is difficult for poor women to buy or rent and establish the business which restores the urban environment, while at the same time there is idle land in urban/cities that has not used for anything. Kitalu differentiates itself by engaging poor urban women to revitalize idle urban land spaces and establish their own locally-adapted micro-tree gardens business spaces. This model allowed poor women to start their environmental restoration business without the front costs of purchasing land while ensuring native trees-preneurs maintain control over the income generated to cover school fees,nutritional food for family

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

The project is implemented by Remoteness Ltd with long-term partners. We work in partnership with Forest training Institute, universities and the local government in urban areas responsible for environment & community development. They're closely involved in selecting & mobilizing the communities and supporting the poor urban women to revitalize idle urban land spaces and establish their own locally-adapted micro-tree gardens business spaces. We also partner organizations that provide community-based programs - to benefit from cost savings and double-down on impact.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

Kitalu now works with 100 poor women from two municipalities in Tanzania. From being poor women are now protectors of native trees, actively campaigning for sustainable restoration of the urban environment in their communities. By demonstrating that poor women can earn a decent living and increase their incomes without destroying urban environment life, more are turning to responsible environments. After Kitalu empowers poor urban women to revitalize idle urban land spaces and establish their own locally-adapted micro-tree gardens business spaces began sells their native trees at fair market price, In each family, poor mothers have more than doubled their annual income, allowing them to invest in education, nutrition, and healthcare. Kitalu is setting a new standard that moves poor urban women families out of poverty while restored urban environment.

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

There are so many idle urban land spaces in Urban Tanzania urgently needing this project. Kitalu will scale up using our innovative model to train poor urban women to revitalize idle urban land spaces and establish their own locally-adapted micro-tree gardens business spaces. Our long-term goal is for governments to adopt our program and scale it nationally. Through public-private partnerships, we will leverage microfinance to increase market penetration and grow native tree business sales both to individual households, social enterprises and companies.Strengthen our team and its skills through specialized training. - Enhance our financial capacity by improving our fundings management, both internal and external.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

Kitalu empower poor women in urban areas to create impact in the communities by providing them with the opportunity to generate additional income in a simple, sustainable and eco-friendly way. We also make an impact on the environment by empower Women to Restore urban environment through revitalizing idle urban land spaces into locally-adapted micro-native tree garden business space and ensure that there is no risk of harming the natural habitat and growing period. We train each kitalu owners to operate like its own business: they raise their own capital and produce native trees which they can sell to local markets.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Women Restore the urban environment by revitalizing idle urban land spaces into locally-adapted micro-native tree garden business space by using local materials. Our new training of trainer’s model reduces costs by using existing delivery channels & generating economies of scale. Kitalu is actively seeking grants & partnerships with businesses to fund the capital costs & overhead required to grow.Kitalu initial capital of $1000 was raised from friends who believed in the vision of the restoration of urban environment enterprise. Kitalu women expand the business using earned income and training support. The final result is a micro-garden network that is funded through revenue with sustainable income for the women.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

We have 5 staff in our office. All are local were selected for their passion & expertise in empowering women to revitalize idle urban land spaces into locally-adapted micro-native tree garden business space. These micro-native tree garden business spaces are run & owned by the poor women themselves. The long-term aim is for field teams is to be self-sufficient. Our small office team ( CEO, part-time fundraiser & part-time M&E expert) fundraise, provide technical expertise & capacity-building

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Search engine

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far

1. 1) OVERALL EVALUATION

Yes, absolutely! - 71.4%

Yes/maybe - 0%

Maybe - 14.3%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 14.3%

2. 2) CONNECTION TO BIODIVERSITY

5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 57.1%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 0%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 42.9%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 42.9%

4- Yes, I think so. - 42.9%

3- Maybe. - 14.3%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 14.3%

4- Yes, I think so. - 57.1%

3- Maybe. - 14.3%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 14.3%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 14.3%

4- Yes, I think so. - 42.9%

3- Maybe. - 28.6%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 14.3%

6. 6) Is this entry ACTIVATING CHANGEMAKING?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 42.9%

4- Yes, I think so. - 28.6%

3- Maybe. - 28.6%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 14.3%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 71.4%

3- Maybe. - 14.3%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 75%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 100%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 100%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 100%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 50%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 50%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 75%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 50%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 25%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 75%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 75%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 100%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 50%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 25%

Other option - 0%

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Her initiative is very good, which includes women as authors of their own destinations through the implementation of urban or peri-urban agriculture and where it is possible to plant trees of native species and with regenerative qualities.I think that biodiversity has to enter the streets, squares, and any urban area. Your project brings the forest to the city and this is essential for the life cycle, and for human well-being. Congratulations on the initiative and I wish you success.

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Hi Sebastiao Alves, Thank you very much for the feedback. Many cities in our area have a consequent amount of underutilized idle land spaces. These places are transformed and inspire poor women in local urban areas to create their own biodiversity micro-regenerative native trees species garden. These micro-regenerative native trees species garden can help poor women earn extra money and it is an incentive to restore the degraded urban environment. Best, Temba

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Dear Sir, I wish you much success in your work.

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Photo of Temba Vicent

Thank you very much and have a nice achievement to your work too

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