Benedeta Acilo

Benedeta's plans for the future have grown substantially since joining the TIST Program, and she looks forward to maintaining her forest garden for years to come while teaching her children and grandchildren the valuable lessons she has learned through TIST.

Benedeta Acilo - Ugandan TIST Farmer

Benedeta smiles when talking about the transformation she and her land have undergone since joining TIST in 2018. When she joined the program, her situation was not very good at all, but today she knows how to plan and optimize her land to its fullest potential.

She joined the TIST Program with the aim of getting TIST carbon payments, but later on it turned into very big results for her. Her family used to have very limited food options from their homestead and endured long periods of little variety in their diets. Now, she shows off her maize, potatoes, tomato, cabbage, and passion fruit among others that are part of her garden. She is able to eat a more diverse diet while still having plenty to sell at market. 

Success at the market has allowed Benedeta to cater for other basic needs like medication. She is also among the farmers whose grandchild (Ocaya Marvin) is being sponsored by the TIST Education Fund. Benedeta's plans for the future have grown substantially since joining the TIST Program, and she looks forward to maintaining her forest garden for years to come while teaching her children and grandchildren the valuable lessons she has learned through TIST.

She now extends her appreciation to the entire TIST family, the founders, and all staff for bringing such a sustainable program that supports reforestation in her area.