Tigo plants 500 trees in Kilimanjaro to mark World Environmental Day

07Jun 2021
By Guardian Reporter
Kilimanjaro
The Guardian
Tigo plants 500 trees in Kilimanjaro to mark World Environmental Day

IN commemoration of World Environmental Day on Saturday, Tigo Tanzania planted over 500 tree seedlings around the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Tigo Tanzania’s managing director, Simon Kari Kari watering a tree he planted on Saturday in Hai District of Kilimanjaro Region to World Environment Day 2021 as part of the ongoing ‘Tigo Green for Kili’ project. Photo courtesy of Tigo.

The telecommunications company which is currently conducting a campaign to restore Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow cap through its ‘Tigo Green for Kili’ project, targets to plant over 28,000 trees by end of this year.

“Global warming and climate change have seen a decrease of the snow cap at Mount Kilimanjaro highest peak. Tigo through the ‘Tigo Green for Kili’ project hopes to plant trees which will help in restoring the melting glaciers on Africa’s highest mountain,” said Tigo Tanzania Managing Director, Simon Karikari.

He said currently, 85 percent of the snow cap has disappeared over the last 100 years which in turn has caused major changes at the over 5,000 metres high mountain hence Tigo decided conduct the campaign to restore natural looks.

"I would like to heartily thank all stakeholders who have donated tree seedlings to this project. This is an ongoing project; I urge everyone to contribute towards this just cause,” Karikari said adding that the price of each tree seedling is 5,000/- for those willing to contribute to the initiative. The campaign which started in February has already collected over 30,000 tree seedlings so far.

Tigo Tanzania started its operations in 1995. Through its distinctive and diverse product portfolio in voice, SMS, high-speed internet and mobile financial services, Tigo has pioneered digital innovations such as the first smartphone in Kiswahili, free Facebook in Kiswahili, Tigo Pesa Application, Tigo Mobile Application as well as the first East African cross-border mobile money transfer with currency conversion.

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