Frequently Asked Questions Customer concerned

[Ambassador Faq's]

What if my tree is attacked by pests or burns up?

We write on most pages that once you buy a tree you then have a right to it for 20 years. This means that you actually own a tree but not a specific tree. Had there been a definite physical tree, the risk of the individual tree owner would have been too great. However, our trees are of a special kind, namely Mukau, which we are very experienced in growing with great predictability and creating a positive return.

When Better Globe plants many of these trees, you own one of them. Eventually, Better Globe will always plant more trees than those owned by our customers—at least two trees per owner. You need not worry if your individual trees are attacked by insects, fire, or die in some other way. Similarly, since we have plantations in several different areas, this reduces the risk of fire and other local influences.

Where does the return from the trees?

It simply comes from our business. We sell timber, fruits, and other products that are harvested at our plantations. We also deal with seeds of various trees, and we will soon run nurseries and sawmills and more. Our business has many sources of revenue. For example, when your tree is felled to make way for a new tree, it is sold for considerably more than the € 15 that it cost you when you bought it.

How can you guarantee the return?

Owners of trees will get their agreed return, even if we have to change the yield for those buying new trees.Better Globe cannot guarantee any increase in expected returns. We mean an expected return, which is based on what we know about the cost of labor and machinery and other forms of overhead and also what we know about the price of trees and other things that we sell today.

As with any other activities, you can project expected growth, which we have done. What we do not have in our calculation is any price increase in timber from its level today. We have, therefore, been extremely cautious and made moderate calculations in declaring what we intend to give back to those who own the trees.

What happens if there is extreme drought or crop failure one year?

Our climate and terrain remain constant. We are good at what we do, and we are experienced through a number of years of development. Naturally, anything can happen in the forest industry, but we believe we are very well prepared. In addition, we have plantations in several different places, just to be able to isolate different types of disruptions that may occur.

Africa is politically unstable. What happens if there is a change of power?

We are establishing ourselves in regions that are politically stable, but, of course, anything can happen in theory. In general, Africa is more unstable than many other countries in the world, but we are establishing ourselves in countries such as Kenya and Uganda, where stability is good and has been over time. More and more countries are moving in that direction now, and we hope to contribute with a positive impact on this development.

Is Better Globe a charitable organization?

No, it is not based on the concept of “charity.” We do well in our work and perhaps resemble a charity, but we are not. We believe in operational forces and that people will do their best to lift themselves out of any predicament.

Does three euros for schools and microcredit activities really make a difference?

Yes, it really makes a big difference. When many people work for a common cause, it helps a lot, and in a case such as microfinancing, the money is recirculated so that new people can be helped as older borrowers repay their loans. 1.50 euros in the context of building schools is sufficient for many schools if enough people add 1.50 euros each month.

Consistent and sustained contributions make the difference, not the actual amounts. That is the reason why we focus so much to create an ecnomic upside for the tree buyers and our stakeholders. If there is an economic upside, it becomes obvious to contribute in the long-term, rather then giving a one-off charity at a charity gala. Long-term commitment is the key to real change.

Does Better Globe make money on the poor in Africa?

No, absolutely not! Better Globe earns money on the management of forestry products. We give full-time support to the poor and help them all that we can. They are able to work on a salary, have good health, good employment, and receive an education by working with us. They are also able to get loans and water and have their children in school. It is a win-win-win concept, and we make absolutely no money on “the poor in Africa.”

What happens if the price of timber falls?

Better Globe will earn less money, and this may lead us to revise our estimates. We do so, of course, regularly in any case. Even if prices do fall, however, it will not affect the agreements already made regarding the trees. Owners of trees will get their agreed return, even if we have to change the yield for those buying new trees.

We think it is quite unlikely that the price of trees will fall, since the imbalance between supply and demand on the earth’s resources of trees is very high today. We believe there will always be a shortage of timber, given how much we have destroyed forests in the last 60 years.

In which countries is Better Globe in business?

We currently have plantations in a few places in Kenya, and Child Africa conducts its operations in Uganda and Kenya. People who buy trees and donation packages live in over 60 countries worldwide.

How do I know that Better Globe will do what you say you will do?

We are arranging trips to Africa at least once a year, and we have done so since 2008. On each such trip, many of our customers will have a wonderful journey and an experience to remember—many do it just to see for themselves what we do and how we do it.

We try to be as informative and transparent as we possibly can. We regularly send out newsletters, and we have a magazine called Miti, which also provides information about what we do.

Who are the people behind Better Globe?

Better Globe is privately owned, and Rino Solberg is the initiator, chairman of the board, and hardworking majority owner. A number of other different owners are also involved in the group—either to market the company or who participate in Child in Africa or Better Globe Forestry.

What do you think about the problems with “land grabbing”?

This is a huge problem worldwide, and it affects poor countries and poor individuals. We are totally against such development, but we are also fully aware of what poor people with few resources will do.

Many multinational corporations work with poor governments that sell out their people. This is just one more reason why it is so important that we make our project work and need your help. Without us, sooner or later someone will take land from these people instead of someone like us—who do not buy their land—but give them jobs, schools, water, and many other things.

How do I become a client of the Better Globe?

You can buy donation packages and / or buy trees. Click here to become a client of Better Globe right now