Timberland and Found Object Present:
Once known as the richest agricultural country in the Caribbean, Haiti has been wracked by instability and natural disasters. Decades of decline have taken their toll on Haiti’s people, and today the country is 98% deforested with little of its once prosperous agricultural industry enduring. When Timberland commits to creating a sustainable intervention in Haiti that will lead to 5 million trees in 5 years, they work to find partners that understand the harsh realities of aid work but share the vision to build something sustainable.
Over the course of 5 years, we follow Timberland’s support of a nascent partnership between a Haitian agronomist and a former NGO leader that commit to empowering communities of farmers to plant millions of trees while improving their crop yields. As the end of Timberland’s financial support approaches, SFA’s leaders race to develop new markets and opportunities for Haitian farmers that will endure and ensure a sustainable, greener future.
Co-Founder And President, Smallholder Farmers Alliance
“In Haiti, the farmers have not had any support to improve their agricultural system for generations. And then there's the lack of trees. So I asked the question, what if we took these two big issues, deforestation and a lack of support for agriculture and turned them into a small business?”
“Kombit: The Cooperative makes the concept of reseeding community a tangible reality that other companies and nonprofits can learn from.”Beth Holzman - CSR Thought Leader
“This creative private-public partnership not only reached its goal of planting 5 million trees, but has transformed into a 3,000-member smallholder farming cooperative that is entirely self-sustained.”Triple Pundit Read Full Review
“The cooperative’s model has proven to at least 3,200 farmers that protecting the trees has more value than killing them for temporary use.”Sustainable Brands Read Full Review
“‘Kombit’ is a Haitian Creole word that describes a community working together toward a common goal…now Kombit has become the subject of a documentary.”JustMeans Read Full Review
“Kombit highlights an excellent example of a public-private partnership assisting communities through conflict and natural disaster.”Leslie E. Ruyle, Ph.D. - Center on Conflict & Development | Texas A&M University
“Any individual, company or organization thinking of trying to help solve problems in another country should see this documentary.”Melissa Gaskill - freelance writer
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Timberland
“When Hugh and Timote came to us with their idea it was based on paying the farmers to plant trees. We said that all sounds well and good, but what happens when the funding runs out?....If we could develop a sustainable model, then we would be on the right path to address the deforestation problem in Haiti and other places throughout the world.”
September 02, 2015
A delicious, energizing green shot that helps to plant moringa trees and empower farmers in Haiti. Now there is an easy new way for you to experience the... Read More >
July 26, 2015
After years of work as a documentary filmmaker, I’ve come to see storytelling as a real privilege. Capturing images, voices and the complexity of characters interacting with the... Read More >
January 15, 2015
REPRINT > by Julie Fahnestock at Justmeans.com / Jan 15, 2015 When’s the last time you walked into your yard or car park, looked up at the trees,... Read More >
August 05, 2013
I grew up in a small farming community on the Canadian prairies, the descendent of farmers on both sides of my family. But all I could think about... Read More >
Found Object Films documents the 5-year journey of two men and a socially responsible boot company as they set out to re-build Haiti, one tree at a time.
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