Seeds of Hope
Seeds of Hope
Anyone who has heard about Epoch® Baobab Body Butter has probably also heard about the Malawi Seeds of Hope Project. For every sale of Epoch® Baobab Body Butter, Nu Skin Enterprises donates US$0.25 to the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation® for the Malawi Seeds of Hope Project. That same US$0.25 will be used to purchase and plant a variety of important and useful trees for the people of Malawi, including baobab and fruit trees. Malawi has one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world and there is an urgent need to restore and protect this precious natural resource.
In 2009, Nu Skin Enterprises announced that more than 100,000 trees are being donated to villages in Malawi thanks to the company's distributors and customers who have purchased Epoch® Baobab Body Butter.
Planting the trees as a renewable resource will benefit the people of Malawi in many ways. In the short-term, new trees provide food and raw materials. Long-term benefits include storage, shade and enriched soil. For example, baobab leaves are consumed as a vegetable and can be harvested just one year after planting a seedling. Within five years, the trees begin to bear fruit, which can also be eaten or sold. The bark of the tree can be harvested for use as a strong, durable fibre to make twine, rope or other building materials. The bark grows back and can be re-harvested every two to five years.
In the subtropical climate of Malawi, the oxygen and water condensation released in the atmosphere by trees are critical for rain, which protect the people and land from drought and famine. Additionally, the tree's root systems help prevent soil degradation and erosion, while the trees themselves provide shade and protection for people and animals.
The Seeds of Hope Project, complementary to the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation®, has already given the people of Malawi the ability to create sustainable food production and prevent devastating famines. Through this reforestation project, we can help renew a valuable resource, as well as preserve and improve the environment.