Name: Beatrice Ahimbisibwe Community: Bitereko sub-County, Rubirizi District, Uganda Number of planted trees: 1,400 Earnings to date: $1,183 Total earnings (based on successful project): $1,831.25 GIS coordinates of parcel(s): Eastings 9939186, 9939194, 9939138, 9939164; Northings 831032, 831112, 831126, 831035. Plan Vivo ID: 0001 & 0131 Beatrice was the very first person to register with Ecotrust's Trees for Global Benefits project in 2003 and has approximately 1,400 trees on two pieces of land. She started with a 1-hectare plot and later expanded her plantings to a second plot of 2.5 hectares. Beatrice is a qualified secondary school teacher, who joined the project after her husband passed away at the tender age of 25. Her husband left her with a son and daughter all under the age of 5. In addition to educating her children, Beatrice has invested in a private primary school, which has grown to become one of the best in the area. Many of the children that go through her school are able to get government sponsorship for secondary education. She has also built a new house purchased household items e.g. furniture. Above all she considers the trees her retirement security. Beatrice is a very enterprising women who in addition to being farmer and teacher, she is also a community mobiliser who has worked closely with her local church, village council as well as village bank.
Trees Planted: 1,400
Total Earnings To Date: $1,831
Livelihood Benefits: New house, furniture, children's school fees, invested in building a new school