Meeting Felix was a great experience. Learning about his life, his family and his motivation for planting trees was great.
Father of six, Felix planted 2,000 trees last year and this year is raising 5,000 more. He said, “I am a building contractor and a farmer. We grow mainly maize but we also tried growing macedamia nuts but we weren’t given support on how to successfully farm them. This project though will allow us to help with the regeneration of the native forests whilst being able to earn an income from the trees.”
Felix is planting pine trees as part of a sustainable timber planting project. By planting these trees, it provides a solution to the problem as people have wiped out indigenous forests in the need for timber etc.
Learning about his family, Felix explained that four of his children are working. He said, “One is a doctor, another a bricklayer, one a business woman and the fourth is in South Africa working as a housekeeper. My other two children are married and are farming locally.”
Felix’s son was able to train as a doctor as he was eligible for a government loan. Since qualifying and starting work, the loan is deducated each month from his salary but Felix is very proud to have a doctor in the family.
To learn more about the project here.