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Meet A Farmer: Pablo Cruz

June 21st, 2012


Community: Las Brisas (Limay, Nicaragua)
Vintage(s) planted: 2010
Number of trees planted per vintage: 2,368
Total trees planted:  2,368
Earnings to date:  $602.86
Total earnings (based on successful project):  $1,389.28
GIS coordinates of their parcel(s): 547169 UTM East, 1457497 UTM North
Plan Vivo ID: 10.1.007

Pablo is part of a large household of 9. To take care of this family, he spends his days maintaining the fencing, chopping firewood, and planting various crops.

Pablo has lived in Limay for 20 years. “I’ve felt great about the project, bless the Lord,” he states.“The project has helped me improve my land and has generated much employment in my community.” Pablo’s dedication to the project shows; he has reinvested much of his ecosystem services payments back into the project itself. With his payments, he has employed others and bought materials to improve his farm while concentrating on the importance of the trees.

Pablo hopes to continue working on the project for the rest of his life, after which his kids will take up the charge. As long as the project is in motion, he says, he will take care of his forest. He looks forward to seeing the results over the years.

You can read more about our Limay Community Carbon Project, and support it by offsetting your CO2 footprint to it, at COTAP.org/Limay.

Meet A Farmer: Julian Velasquez

June 1st, 2012

Name: Julian Velasquez
Community: La Grecia (Limay, Nicaragua)
Vintage(s) planted: 2011
Number of trees planted per vintage:  2,037
Total trees planted: $2,037
Earnings to date:  $317.83
Total earnings (based on successful project):  $1,705.76
GIS coordinates of their parcel(s): 545860 UTM East, 1456562 UTM North
Plan Vivo ID: 11.1.037

Julian lives in a bustling household with his wife, two small children, his brother and his cousin.  When not participating in the Limay Community Carbon Project, he takes care of his livestock, plants crops or repairs the fencing.  He has lived in the region for 36 years.

Julian is very pleased with the project. He has been able to use the money from the ecosystem services payments to buy essential materials and hire help to make major repairs on the farm.  He will continue to work with the project as long as he is in good health, he says.  He hopes that the project stays in the region and continues to help the farmers take care of the trees in the long term.

You can read more about our Limay Community Carbon Project, and support it by offsetting your CO2 footprint to it, at COTAP.org/Limay.

Meet A Farmer: Osman Antonio Cruz Reyes

May 22nd, 2012

Name: Osman Antonio Cruz Reyes (pictured center, in green shirt)
Community:  Parsila (Limay, Nicaragua)
Vintage(s) planted:  2010
Number of trees planted per vintage:  2,139
Total trees planted:  2,139
Earnings to date:  $749.28
Total earnings (based on successful project):  $1,254.83
GIS coordinates of their parcel(s): 547283 UTM East, 1459747 UTM North
Plan Vivo ID: 10.1.008

Osman lives with his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters in Parsila, where he has lived all his life. Osman participates in the Limay Community Carbon Project to earn money for his family and to maintain the health of his land. He has benefited from the improved cookstove program, which has reduced the amount of firewood that his family has to gather each day. With the ecosystem service payments, his mother has been able to buy school supplies and clothing for the children in the family.

As long as the project organizers continue to help the farmers manage the project, Osman will continue to participate, he says. He hopes that the project can continue to provide healthy seedlings from the greenhouses and that the ecosystem service payments continue to grow so that he can maintain a healthy forest.

“Congratulations,” he tells the project developers,“for being entrepreneurs of a project with a vision for the good of the planet and, in particular, for the town of San Juan de Limay. I wish you luck and that the project continues on this path.”

You can read more about our Limay Community Carbon Project, and support it by offsetting your CO2 footprint to it, at COTAP.org/Limay.

Meet A Farmer: Maria Elisa Gonzales

May 17th, 2012

Welcome to the exciting first installment in COTAP’s “Meet a Farmer” series!!  Now you can learn more about our projects’ participants’ backgrounds, how many trees they’ve planted, how much they’re earning, how that’s improving their lives, and hear what they say about the project.

Name:  Maria Elisa Gonzales
Community:  La Grecia (Limay, Nicaragua)
Vintage(s) planted:  2011
Number of trees planted per vintage: 3,167
Total trees planted: 3,167
Earnings to date:  $754.22
Total potential earnings (based on successful project):  $2,026.69
GIS coordinates of parcel(s):  547047 UTM East, 1459375 UTM North
Plan Vivo ID: 11.1.026

Maria Elisa Gonzales is a mother of 4 who lives with her husband in La Grecia.  On a daily basis, she manages and maintains her family farm, putting up fencing and making other improvements.

Marie Elisa is glad to be part of the Limay Community Carbon Project since it
stabilizes her finances and helps her community generate employment during
the planting season. With her ecosystem service payments she is able to buy basic food, clothing and school supplies for her children.

A resident of La Grecia all of her life, she is excited to continue to support her community by being part of the reforestation project. “As a viable project, we hope that it continues to grow and bring on new producers. This is not only helpful to the community, but also important for cleaning our air and helping the planet.”

You can read more about our Limay Community Carbon Project, and support it by offsetting your CO2 footprint to it, at COTAP.org/Limay.