Plant With Purpose programs and activities are designed to foster long-term impact by equipping families to use their own God-given abilities to address the problems they face. Through an integrated approach to community development, we work to get at the roots of three facets of poverty—environmental, economic, and spiritual. The changes we have seen in communities have been dramatic.
Families respond in faith by planting trees, protecting water sources, building soil conservation barriers, caring for plants and animals, and many other forms of environmental restoration.
- INCREASING YIELDS: Plant With Purpose families have more diverse farms with 40 percent more crops then nonparticipants, helping to protect biodiversity and build healthy soil. By applying sustainable agriculture techniques, farmers grow more, eat better, increase incomes, and heal the environment. This led to an 80 percent increase in crop yields in a 2015 study.
- REVITALIZING FORESTS: Plant With Purpose participants are planting 2.3 times more trees than the nonparticipants and are 83 percent more likely to plant indigenous species. Even though forest cover is decreasing globally, Plant With Purpose communities are seeing a positive change as measured by Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI)—a remote sensing tool.
Partnering families are establishing financial security. With each year involved in the program, assets increase. Families are becoming resilient when faced with financial shocks, climate change, and unexpected disasters.
- NEW INCOME SOURCES: Plant With Purpose participants are diversifying their income with 27 percent more sources of income than nonparticipants. The impact here is even greater for women. Female participants are 40 percent more likely to earn revenue from small businesses and 2.5 times more likely to earn income from their crops beyond what is used to feed their families.
- SAVING FOR THE FUTURE: Plant With Purpose participants are twice as likely to save and have six-months of emergency reserves than nonparticipants. Revenue from increased yields and additional income sources is invested in Village Savings and Loan Associations.
- IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE: The longer families partner with Plant With Purpose, the more likely they are to own assets like cattle and larger plots of land. In addition, parents are investing in education. Partnering families in Tanzania, for example, are 2.5 times more likely to send their daughters to secondary school than nonparticipating households.
Plant With Purpose partners with churches to help families realize hope and purpose found in God’s love. This investment in spiritual renewal inspires communities to live generously, restore God’s creation, and grow in their relationship with God. As individuals’ faiths mature, Bible reflection and prayers are offered during group meetings.
- INSPIRING LOVE: Plant With Purpose participants report helping neighbors 20 percent more frequently than nonparticipants.
*Every three years Plant With Purpose conducts an extensive evaluation to monitor program impact. Data collected through household surveys compares participating and nonparticipating households. Unless otherwise stated, reported statistics are from the most recent Impact Evaluation.