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Tree-preneur trades his trees for a bicycle

Spamandla Ndila, aged 14, purchased a bike on Friday 21 August 2009 through the Wildlands Conservation Trust's Indigenous Trees for Life Programme. The programme operates in 23 needy communities across KwaZulu Natal, and children and adults grow indigenous trees that they trade for goods at tree stores. The trees are collected and are then planted in areas identified for reforestation carbon sinks or urban greening projects.

Spamandla is a "tree-preneur" at the Buffelsdraai Indigenous Trees for Life Programme near Durban and has grown 539 saplings. He said he will use his earnings to buy food and things that his mother needs, now that he has his bike. He said he will use the bike to go to school, ride with his friends, and go to the shop for his mother. In this picture he gives his little brother a lift.

Maryann Shaw