This Village in India Plants 111 Trees Each Time a Girl Is Born — And That's Not All
Piplantri in Rajasthan, India, plants 111 trees each time a girl is born in her honor.
The tradition was born a few years ago when the former village 'sarpanch' (head), Shyam Sundar Paliwal's, daughter, Kiran, passed away.
The village does much more than plan trees though.
A special committee identifies families reluctant to accept female children and ensures them a better life. They start by collecting Rs. 21,000 ($336) from village residents and Rs. 10,000 ($160) from the girl's father and then use the money to invest in a 20-year government bond ensuring financial security for the child, Femalista reports.
"We make these parents sign an affidavit promising that they would not marry her off before the legal age, send her to school regularly, and take care of the trees planted in her name," Paliwal said.
The organization is also profitable. The village has planted over 2.5 million aloe vera plants around the trees to make sure they remain termite-free.
Soon enough, they found the aloe vera to be a major source of income.
"Gradually, we realized that aloe vera could be processed and marked in a variety of ways," Paliwal said. "So, we invited some experts and asked them to train our women. Now residents make and market aloe vera products like gel, pickle, etc."
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