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Color Me In! empowers rural communities in Zambia, Africa to begin small businesses through micro-loans paired with local tree planting.
Color Me In is founded by a former Peace Corps Volunteer after asking some school children to draw what trees are used for and the class returned with pictures of coffins. Working with a netowrk of on the ground volunteers and managers, CMI is dedicated to sustainability, the health of the local environment that people depend upon for livelihood and empowering people with the tools and skills that they need to initiate positive change within their own lives.
We provide loans of $500-$5,000 to small rural village groups to begin small businesses; half of each loan is repaid through the planting of trees (1 tree = 1 USD repayment) and a portion of their profits are forwarded onto a community development project of their choice.