Whenever a Starling customer refers a friend through the app and they open an account, we plant a tree to say thank you. It’s a commitment that’s enabled by our partnership with Trillion Trees, a joint venture between three of the world’s largest conservation organisations – BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF.
As a result of Starling customer referrals, we’re on our way to planting 85,000 trees. A portion of these will be looked after by a Tanzanian women led co-operative (Kaza-mwendo) with support from WWF, the Trillion Trees partner. The co-operative is run by Nietiwe Robert (pictured above), one of several women dedicated to the restoration and conservation of the Amani Nature Reserve.
Fighting climate change
“I started my plant nursery co-operative fifteen years ago with a group of three friends, all of us women,” says Nietiwe. The co-operative now includes eight women, all working together to earn a living and help restore the forests of the Usambara Mountains, some of which are part of the Amani Nature Reserve.
The forests are home to several endangered species, including the black and white coloured Colobus monkeys and the long-billed Tailorbird.
“A big challenge we face is the changing climate. The rains are now unpredictable and sometimes we’re unable to sell the number of seedlings we expect in each season,” she says. “But we are resilient. We’re developing a plan to expand the nursery.”