With every yoga mat you purchase, YOGO provides a food-bearing tree for a poor family.
Our Food Trees for Poverty program donates one tree per yoga mat in an African or Latin American country including Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, Belize, Honduras, and Panama through our partner NGOs.
Our partner NGOs were selected because of their long term, social interventions that address the real root of deforestation in these areas: poverty. In addition to providing trees and farming supplies, Trees for the Future works for five years with each family to provide sustainable agriculture and other training so that each family can independently and permanently feed themselves and farm in a way that restores the environment. “Forest gardens” revitalize degraded land and help avoid deforestation in tropical areas.
And instead of just paying rich people from foreign countries to do the trainings, the NGOs also hire locally, providing long-term skills and income to each region.
In addition to planting a tree per mat, YOGO also offers the ability to buy individual trees for $1 apiece!
By promoting restorative agriculture, the program presents a triple-impact of healing the environment, providing food, and providing long-term livelihoods that help poor families help themselves.
Environmental benefits include about one ton of sequestered carbon for each tree planted over its lifetime, avoided deforestation of the rainforest; and arid and degraded areas converted into sustainable farmland.
create educational opportunities for children
build strong communities
permanently increase the income of poor farmers
help families feed themselves
provide permanent employment
provide fuel wood so villagers don’t need to cut down trees
create fodder to feed livestock
reverse environmental degradation
remove tons of greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere