Put simply, the wages are enough for the tree planters to become solid members of the upper-middle class within their society in terms of income. Most of the people we hire have never had a cash-paying job in their lives. Wages will vary based on the project nation, the economy, and their actual position with us. Managers will make more, and we do hire seasonal workers (part time for planting season) to help with the increased planting load. So, to keep things simple, we typically say that what we pay them is enough for them to become upper-middle class in their society. On the other hand, the trees result in a lot of cost savings, including (but not limited to):
- Regenerating the soil, so farmers can save money on fertilizer.
- Saving money on fodder, as leaves are used as animal feed.
- Saving money on fuel wood,as they are growing it themselves.
- Mango trees yield fruit,resulting in money saved on food.
- If they harvest a surplus of any of these, they can sell to make profit.