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You buy mahogany trees as a biological asset to increase your money. Trees grow in value as they get bigger. By spending 7.5 percent of your monthly expenses on mahogany trees, you will over a 17 year period receive both the monthly expenses you had and the expense of the trees you bought.
No. Better Globe Forestry will handle everything with your trees and you don't need to worry about anything. In year 10 and 17, Better Globe Forestry is happy to buy your trees back at the agreed fixed price, since they need timber for their production of furniture.

Norwegian and Belgian citizens are the owners of Trees4Expenses AS. The company is registered in Norway under organization number 913 482 832. Trees4Expenses is an international marketing company for Better Globe Forestry Ltd., and sells Mahogany trees all over the world. Better Globe Forestry plants Mahogany trees on its plantations in Kenya.

The main purpose behind Trees4Expenses is to find new ways to finance massive tree planting in Africa, with the goal to alleviate poverty by business related concepts. We call it Social Entrepreneurship.

Trees4Expenses' mother company, Better Globe Forestry Ltd., has a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and work close with the partners mentioned below in East Africa and Europe.

  • Kenyan Forestry Research Institute
  • Kenya Forestry Service
  • The World Agroforestry Centre
  • Sawlog Production Grant Scheme
  • Ghent University
  • University of Nairobi

Read more about our partners here...

Better Globe Forestry Ltd. concentrates its activities in arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) where there is plenty of sparsely populated land and where tree planting does not compete with food production. Better Globe Forestry is only interested in large-scale plantations that enable the company to concentrate its operations and achieve economies of scale. Such areas need to be under management that is receptive to tree planting.
Based on the contractual relationship between Better Globe Forestry and the marketing companies, the trees belong to the buyers until they mature after 17 years. Better Globe Forestry will then buy back the trees at agreed prices according to contractual agreements with the marketing companies.
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There are risks in every business, but running tree plantations are considered a low risk business with great return for people who are willing to wait for the trees to grow. Below are some keywords for risks tree plantations may be facing:
  • Trees can be attacked by insects, pest etc.
  • Animals can cause damage to trees
  • Market demand can decrease
  • Market price can decrease
  • Trees can burn down
  • Prospected growth of the trees can fail
You can read more about the risks involved here.

We plant Mukau and Acacias, that are very well adapted to arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL).

Mukau (Melia volkensii)

The species is an East African member of the Meliaceae family. It typically grows in dry bush land or dry wooded grasslands, where it often stands out because of its height. Mukau grows fast and produces high quality Mahogany timber. The species is resistant to termites and drought, and trials have shown that it can be planted year-round, provided it receives adequate care and irrigation. The growth is excellent, with trees reaching 3 meters in height after barely one and a half years.
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Indigenous Acacias (Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal)

Both Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal produce gum arabic. Both species are very drought-resistant and occur in the so-called gum belt. Gum arabic is a valuable, stabilising agent with many industrial applications in the food, beverage and printing industries.

Our projects are situated in Kenya in the following areas:

  • Sosoma Ranch covers approximately 60,000 hectares of land
  • Kiambere Site covers approximately 5,000 hectares of land
  • Nyongoro Site has an estimated 17,000 hectares of leased land to plant trees
Better Globe Forestry Ltd. does not own the land on which its projects are located, but has acquired such land through long-term lease agreements. The agreements legally guarantee the trees belongs to Better Globe Forestry.

All of Better Globe Forestry’s projects are situated in Kenyan arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL). We have plans to extend our operations to neighboring East African countries.

Kiambere

The planting area is around Lake Kiambere on the Tana River in eastern Kenya. The site is about 200 kilometers away from Nairobi.

The plantation forms a protective buffer between the artificial lake, created for electricity production, and the surrounding land-use (mixed subsistence farming with a high potential for erosion).
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Sosoma Site

Sosoma is located in the south-eastern corner of Mwingi district, bordering Tana River District at its eastern side. It is roughly 230 kilometers east-northeast from Nairobi, along the highway to Garissa. The land belongs to the Sosoma Cooperative Ranching Society (SCRS) and covers 60,705 hectares. The land is flat and contains easy-to-work-with, mostly deep soils. The area is truly dry but a natural home to both Mukau and Acacia senegal.
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Nyongoro Ranch

The total ranch occupies 32,000 hectares, two-thirds of which is under a lease agreement. An estimated 17,000 hectares of the land can be used to plant trees. It is located in Lamu district in the lowlands of Kenya's north coast. The ranch can be reached by road from Nairobi down to Mombasa, then following the coast northwards to Malindi and then in the direction of Lamu. It lies approximately 750 kilometers from Nairobi.

A significant advantage of the ranch's location is its proximity to Lamu port, which is being upgraded to allow entries of big vessels.
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Kibwezi Mukuyu Farm

The 20-hectare Mukuyu farm is situated in Kibwezi District, on a plot alongside Kibwezi River, 20 kilometers from Kibwezi town. It is 220 kilometers from Nairobi, along the Mombasa highway. Better Globe Forestry wants to prove that East African drylands can be used sustainably and profitably, creating added value and jobs for rural populations. As such, Kibwezi Mukuyu is rightly considered a model farm, and welcomes guided educational tours by farmers and learning institutions.
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Better Globe Forestry Ltd. concentrates its activities in arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) where there is plenty of sparsely populated land and where tree planting does not compete with food production. Better Globe Forestry is only interested in large-scale plantations that enable the company to concentrate its operations and achieve economies of scale. Such areas need to be under management that is receptive to tree planting.
Better Globe Forestry's projects in Kenya are funded from different independent marketing ventures in other countries. Individuals and firms buy trees from these companies as safe and long-term investments. These marketing companies use Better Globe Forestry as a contractual agent for the planting, maintenance and harvesting of the trees.
Based on the contractual relationship between Better Globe Forestry and the marketing companies, the trees belong to the buyers until they mature after 17 years. Better Globe Forestry will then buy back the trees at agreed prices according to contractual agreements with the marketing companies.
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Mukau

In the case of mukau, a thinning is done after 8-10 years. The remaining trees are felled at 15-17 years, depending on the rainfall and soil fertility of the site.

Acacia

Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal can start being harvested for their gum after 3-4 years. Gum yield reaches a stable level by 9-10 years. The trees continue growing until they reach the end of their productive life, which is about 25 years.

The product from the trees, be it timber, gum or fruits, will be processed on site, up to the finished stage. Better Globe Forestry, or its daughter companies, will therefore set up processing plants at its different sites. When gum or fruit producing trees are no longer productive, they are cut and replaced. This is the case for the acacias and the mangoes.
It is critical to water the trees in the first year, since Better Globe Forestry aims to plant the whole year without waiting for the bi-modal—at times unpredictable—rains. Like all the species, the company plants are indigenous, and have adapted to the arid circumstances in which Better Globe Forestry works and are able to grow on their own after that initial period. Moreover, Better Globe Forestry is now using a water-absorbent soil conditioner to increase the efficiency of the watering.
Survival of the trees depends on weeding, pruning and mulching, among other activities. These activities need to be performed with great care and following the correct schedules.
Better Globe Forestry is actively encouraging farmers around its projects to plant the same trees and thus become outgrowers. A big incentive is that Better Globe Forestry guarantees the market for the farmers, since the company signs a contract through which it will buy the trees at a fair price after 17 years in the case of Mukau. When it comes to Acacia trees, Better Globe Forestry intends to make agreements with the nomadic peoples who traditionally harvest the gum in the wild for sale. Better Globe Forestry will also look into the possibilities to set up an outgrower scheme for Acacia.
You buy mahogany trees as a biological asset to increase your money. Trees grow in value as they get bigger. By spending 7.5 percent of your monthly expenses on mahogany trees, you will over a 17 year period receive both the monthly expenses you had and the expense of the trees you bought.
It is all up to you how much of your expenses you want to neutralize. One mahogany tree cost 7.5 Euros, and neautralizes 100 Euros of your expenses. Minimum purchase is one tree. If you are a new customer, you will also need to acquire our welcome package that cost 29 Euros. It includes Tree Owner Card, Welcome letter, Brochure, and a pin.
We need 17 years on the trees, so they will grow big enough to give you the estimated 14 times return. We do thinning of the trees in year 10, where you will receive your first return, equal to the amount you purchased your trees. In year 17, we cut the rest of the trees, which will give you an estimated return of 100 Euros on each of your trees.
No. Better Globe Forestry will handle everything with your trees and you don't need to worry about anything. In year 10 and 17, Better Globe Forestry is happy to buy your trees back at the agreed fixed price, since they need timber for their furniture production.
On your account menu, you will find a link/page called My T4E account. When our tool calculates the profit from your trees, the profit will be displayed on your T4E account. You can whenever transfer this profit to your personal bank account. On your account pages, there are forms to both register your bank account and to transfer money from your T4E account to your bank account. It is an easy process and it shouldn't take more than 10 days from you make the transfer, till you have the money on your bank account.
There are risks in every business, but running tree plantations are considered a low risk business with great return for people who are willing to wait for the trees to grow. Below are some keywords for risks tree plantations may be facing:
  • Trees can be attacked by insects, pest etc.
  • Animals can cause damage to trees
  • Market demand can decrease
  • Market price can decrease
  • Trees can burn down
  • Prospected growth of the trees can fail
You can read more about the risks involved here.

Norwegian and Belgian citizens are the owners of Trees4Expenses AS. The company is registered in Norway under organization number 913 482 832. Trees4Expenses is an international marketing company for Better Globe Forestry Ltd., and sells Mahogany trees all over the world. Better Globe Forestry plants Mahogany trees on its plantations in Kenya.

The main purpose behind Trees4Expenses is to find new ways to finance massive tree planting in Africa, with the goal to alleviate poverty by business related concepts. We call it Social Entrepreneurship.

Better Globe Forestry Ltd. is registered and incorporated in Kenya (Nr.c. 113360) in 2004 as a part of the Better Globe Group. The mission of Better Globe Forestry is to make Kenya a greener, healthier and wealthier place to live. In order to do so, the company focuses on the development of profitable, commercial tree plantations that will deliver environmental as well as humanitarian benefits. Better Globe Forestry strictly adheres to all mandatory, statutory and legal requirements to conduct business in Kenya and interact with investors worldwide. Better Globe Forestry is the mother company of Trees4Expenses.
Today, Better Globe Forestry’s active projects are in Kenya. However, the company plans to extend its operations to the larger East African region in the near future. Initial contacts have already been made in Uganda.

Better Globe Forestry has a recruiting policy of prioritizing people from around its plantations. We also hire people with special skills from other places, where candidates cannot be found among the local workforce.

Better Globe Forestry tries at all times to maintain a workforce of 40% women. This can be difficult, since women in rural areas are heavily engaged in family activities and less available for work on our plantations. Our company Better Globe Forestry never hires children.

Yes. From the onset, Better Globe Forestry did have tree and water donations, as well as microfinance in its programme. Better Globe Forestry Foundation has since then taken over these activities to take care of local communities in different ways.

The fundamental educational support program has been outsourced to the award winning NGO Child Africa. Child Africa has been active in Uganda since 1991 and more recently in Kenya.

The Miti magazine (The Tree Business Magazine for Africa) is a part of Better Globe Forestry’s corporate social responsibility (CSR). It is a way to gather information about sustainable afforestation and to bring the knowledge to the larger public, especially children.

Trees4Expenses' mother company, Better Globe Forestry Ltd., has a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and work close with the partners mentioned below in East Africa and Europe.

  • Kenyan Forestry Research Institute
  • Kenya Forestry Service
  • The World Agroforestry Centre
  • Sawlog Production Grant Scheme
  • Ghent University
  • University of Nairobi

Read more about our partners here...

Quick Info

Trees4Expenses AS is a Norwegian registered company. Trees4Expenses works as the sales company for Better Globe Forestry Ltd. and will serve all their customers in best ways to:

  • Provide news about our tree projects
  • Take care of our customers property
  • Provide reports of future paybacks
  • Take care of your trees