Name: Sekanakoni Sikaliyoti
Year Planted (Vintage): 2010
Activity Type: Woodlot and Boundary Planting
Trees Planted: 4 hectares and 22 x 100m sections
Carbon Benefit: 780 tCO2
Earnings to Date: $449
Expected Earnings: $3,432
Sekanakoni Sikaliyoti is from Dzoole, Dowa, Malawi. Sekanakoni joined Trees of Hope in 2008, as he was struggling to feed his 11 family members each year. Through integrating woodlots and boundary planting into his land, Sekanakoni has been able to improve not only his income, through the sale of both carbon credits and products from his trees, but also his surrounding environment.
Mr. Sikaliyoti sold his first group of carbon credits in 2013, generating $449. The funds were deposited into a First Merchant bank account and put towards the purchase of a solar panel for his roof, a bicycle, and school fees and uniforms for his children. He uses the solar panel to generate extra income through charging other people’s cell phones. The panel has also allowed Mr. Sikaliyoti to install light bulbs for his children and grandchildren to study at night.
In 2010, former US President, Bill Clinton, visited Mr. Sikaliyoti’s fields, further inspiring him to continue expanding upon his agroforestry work and taking care of his trees.