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Our impact in 2021

This impact report is part of the Mustardseed Trust’s Annual Report 2021. We invite you to read on and learn where our support has contributed and how our partners and strategic interventions relate to each other enabling a care economy. Enjoy!

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Letter from the chair...

June 2022

Dear Reader, 

 

It is with great pleasure to present to you our impact report for 2021. 

It is a testimony that, while the pandemic continued to take its toll, also great things happened. You will read that Mustardseed Trust constitutes a strong community of change leaders!

 

The successful Jamboree with our partners in France is exemplary of what is occurring worldwide: the upsurge of partnerships and more voices that recognize that care is embedded in every part of our existence. 

 

“Care is everything we do to maintain, continue, and repair our world so that we may live in it as well as possible’’. 

Our partners also reflected on how to create an economy of care through their own work, resulting in exciting revelations at the Jamboree. Slowly but surely the adage: “give what you can and take what you need’’ is spreading. This calls for deeper thinking how this can be put in place. In our own lives, our organisations and our governments. Last year we promised ourselves to better balance: collaboration & competition; listening & action; efficiency & resilience; diversity & unity. I am happy to report that we make great progress at all fronts. Our investment portfolio will continue to be adjusted to enhance our mission and values. Also, we became clearer on what organisation we want to be: i) enablers of partners to collectively grow ideas and sustain their organisations; ii) supporters of action oriented networks that share our aspirations; iii) contributors to the body of knowledge on the care economy. In 2022, we will continue this path. The rubber band between what we aspire and where we are, is fully stretched. Our structural tension is high. There is still a long way to enrol influencers, policy makers, legislators, practitioners, and other stakeholder into the new perspectives of a caring world. This gives us great energy to continue the work. On behalf of the Trustees, I thank our committed staff and our professional business service providers. In a special way we acknowledge our partners for their remarkable strides towards ecosystems restoration and developing money systems and partnerships that serve higher goals than the self. We pledge our continued support and look forward to enabling all to strive in the years to come.. With love and respect, Alida Bakema-Boon, Chair of the Board of Trustees

With love and respect,

Alida Bakema-Boon, Chair of the Board of Trustees

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Our programmatic work 

Enabling partners

Enable our partners to fulfil their missions and support them in their work being exemplary of the care economy and its focus areas:

Cross Pollination

With cross-pollination Mustardseed enables people and organisations to stand upon each other's shoulders building the care economy together.

Body of knowledge

We remain critical towards our impact areas and our current interventions. Therefore we invest in research of our body of knowledge. We also support thought leaders to amplify the visions they hold for a better world.

 

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

Ecosystems

17089 ha.

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet in 2021.

 

Ecosystem restoration & Regenerative agriculture

Under our focus area of ecosystems, Mustardseed Trust's intention is to show the world that we can move away from extractive practices to regenerative practices that fully account for the value that our natural environment gives us. We support partners that bring in innovation, new forms of accounting, and / or new ways to engage people to connect to our home: the earth.

 

Mustardseed enabled our partner organisations to restore 17089 hectares of land in order to create a healthy planet, reached about 390 farmers to practice regenerative agriculture and had 17,000 online engagements to foster restored ecosystems and regenerative agriculture practices.  Key partners in the field of ecosystem restoration and regenerative agriculture in 2021 are: 

Case study

Syntropic agroforestry enabled by community inclusion currencies 

Grassroots Economics Foundation with the support of Mustardseed set up a demonstration to pilot with communities to build healthy, peaceful and sustainable livelihoods through Syntropic Agroforestry Farming - A system that facilitates the regeneration of soil to ensure increased yield and ultimately a steady income for community members.

 

Besides farming, the use of Community Inclusion Currency (Sarafu) to trade different goods and services has enabled different households to easily put food on the table by earning vouchers for doing different services within their communities. Such communities are excited and looking forward to developing, issuing and trading their own vouchers. Imagine communities taking charge of their local economies and understanding that economic liberty is a fundamental human right.

 

A 29 year old Celine, one of Grassroots economics beneficiaries from Legio Maria Group in Siaya County, gave the following testimony:


“After I turned blind from a critical illness and lost my husband, I was evicted from my house with my 4 children. We sought solace at the St. Regina Segere Legio Maria Church in Nyalgunga, Siaya County. A place that has restored hope for different orphans and widows like me. It was not easy getting basic needs. If you asked me how many days I went without food then I'd lose count. Life became unbearable but at least I had shelter and a place I called home. We juggled through casual works that enabled us to survive. In March 2021, Sarafu was introduced to us and for me this was the light at the end of the tunnel. 

 

Grassroots Economics Foundation empowered us and supported us to establish a Syntropic Agroforestry Farm that has fed us all year long. We have continued harvesting different crops and fruit trees from Sukuma wiki, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, bananas, pawpaws, indeginous vegetables, carrots among others.  My condition didn't stop me from working in the farm since it has been my only source of food. I take care of our farm with so much love and this has enabled me to identify different crops by simply touching their leaves. My group has been paying me in Sarafu that I later use to buy produce from our farm and to get other products within my network and community. I no longer go to bed on an empty stomach nor do I have to run into debts in order to secure my basic needs. Thank you Grassroots for being our hope in these times of crisis.”

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