Social Impact

Adding Trees And Bees To Help A Forest Community

Planting fruit trees and tending bees can stabilize income for women in Nepal and keep the forest healthy

The Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific, or RECOFTC, advocates for sustainable management of forest landscapes. A few years ago, the Thailand-based nonprofit developed a project to help women in Nepal who rely on the food and medicinal plants they gather in the forest to add to their income by planting fruit trees and tending bees, activities that, in turn, support the health of the forest. The nonprofit asked Oliver Wyman for help with the business model for the project.

It was great seeing how well our team worked together with the client, despite this being a fully remote project. The senior client mentioned the project has helped RECOFTC make enormous mindset shifts and opened their eyes to concepts and ideas that they’ve not thought of before
Wei-Ying Cheah, Partner, Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman documented the state of the business model for the Trees and Bees initiative, identified pain points and recommended improvements. The team created a pitchbook to improve fund raising efforts by highlighting the work done by RECOFTC on climate change and landscape, and an illustrative financial model to quantify impact from the Trees and Bees initiative.

It has been a very useful learning experience for our team, and we thank you and your team for the professionalism and commitment to support our Nepal team in developing a business plan
Chandra Shekhar Silori, Deputy Executive Director, RECOFTC

Oliver Wyman also helped the RECOFTC Nepal team to think about the long-term sustainability of its programs and funding. Through the pitchbook, RECOFTC Nepal can reach out to potential funding partners and convert them to donors. We hope RECOFTC Nepal continues to deliver a significant impact on its beneficiaries in Nepal.

This is the project that I see the most thumb-ups and heart emojis in the Zoom calls. We can see the mindset shifting in the client team throughout the project, which is super cool
Crystal Dong, Principal, Oliver Wyman