Hi, Sean here, founder of Contour Lines Corp. I heard the SEEDS community is keen on supporting regenerative projects, looking for more “on the ground” types. Meanwhile our nonprofit is looking for funding to reach more communities with regenerative agriculture projects. We work cost-efficiently and achieve results. In the past 2 years here on Guatemala's Carribean coast where we’ve: -funded 70 project sites in 11 villages -planted over 36k trees, -trained over 220 locals and included 150 women in regenerative agriculture -developed models for community engagement that ensure high survival rates (95% on fruit trees) and performance-based expansion -reduced our costs by 70% (down to $184 per acre planted) So my purpose here is connecting SEEDS people with an impactful project, while hopefully for us finding more support to expand these models across more villages. Going into our 5th season of planting, we have already secured funding to work in 6 more villages (36 project sites total) so far. But there are at least 40 villages within our municipality alone, Livingston, across more than 300 sq km of tropical rainforest, mostly in slash and burn corn rotation. As more and more locals are seeing results of our these projects, as most already understand the need to diversify with tree systems that are more profitable, more nutritious and more sustainable than subsistence corn, the demand for these projects among locals is increasing faster than we can fund and plant them. So the first target here is $5k USD, which allows us to reach 3 more villages, to fund 18 project sites (1.5 acres each), planting 5,400 trees total and regenerating 27 acres of land. The bulk of our costs is the fruit trees from a locally-run nursery operation, plus some transport and also wages of local extentionists, which have been trained by Contour Lines, to expand and inspire more villages to join the regenerative transition.
For full budget and more info see the Onepager on our website: www.contourlines.org