• TIST Benefits

    The TIST Program provides numerous types of benefits across a range of operational areas. These benefits are created by a broad diversity of people in different climates and conditions. Because the TIST Program is voluntary, benefits are not evenly distributed; rather, they are
    created and accessed at the discretion of each TIST member.

  • Here is a partial list of benefits created from trees, the Small Group structure and TIST project management:

  • Benefits of Trees

    Trees provide shade from the hot tropical sun, cooling homes and allowing grass for cows to grow

    Trees along streams or rivers clean and retain the water and protect the banks

    Trees provide a windbreak that keeps the laundry on the line, and the roof on the house

    Trees provide firewood for the family without long and dangerous walks to a forest

    Trees prevent erosion on steep or hilly areas

    Trees provide medicines from the bark

    Trees provide fruit to eat and to sell

    Trees provide fodder that keep cattle alive during drought

    Trees provide food and shelter for bees that make honey to eat and to sell

    Trees provide fertilizer for the farm and garden

  • Benefits of Small Groups

    Opportunities to work together on a joint project

    Opportunities to learn together about health, or farming, or food

    Opportunities for leadership experience and growth

    Opportunities to discuss ways to improve farms

    Opportunities to work together to implement improved farming practices

    Opportunities to develop best practices and share them with others

    Opportunities to make joint financial decisions

    Opportunities to support each other in times of need

  • Benefits of TIST's Approach to Project Management

    Opportunities to learn from each other and gather information they need in Seminars

    Opportunities to develop local organizational approaches

    Opportunities to "Go and Do" with energy and without hindrance

    Opportunities to learn and use group facilitation skills

    Opportunities to learn technical and administrative skills

    Opportunities to travel, teach and encourage other TIST farmers

    Opportunities to measure results and assure quality

  • There are many more ways that TIST benefits farmers and the planet!

    TIST Benefits and United Nations SDGs

    TIST touches on all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Discover the impact of the TIST Program and how it works

    TIST Participants Learn from Each Other

    Go to the TIST Training Information

    Get info on TIST operations, health, HIV and management

  • One of the best ways to see the real benefits of TIST is to read our newsletters written in country by participants!

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    Latest TIST Kenya Newsletter

    Published in English and 6 Kenyan Languages

    The latest on how TIST farmers in Kenya are improving their lives

    Latest TIST Uganda Newsletter

    Published in English and 5 Ugandan Languages

    The latest on how TIST farmers in Uganda are improving their lives

  • See all TIST Newsletters

  • TIST Stories

    Real life stories from TIST farmers who are transforming their lives, ensuring better futures for their children and improving local communities by planting trees.

  • How does TIST work?

    TIST farmers are successfully counteracting the devastating effects of deforestation, erosion, famine, droughts and floods through an innovative solution: planting millions of trees.

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