What is a false economy? Vincent Barkas with ProTrack (a formidable anti-poaching operation) probably explains it best.
In areas around large populations of wildlife villages spring up. Some are home to poor farmers and a host of the unemployed. While others oddly enough sprout larger cement block homes and even a few late model cars. Then the real extreme… Rolex watches and designer clothes.
As time goes on the poor are less poor and the well-to-do move closer to filthy-rich. What has happened?
Poaching has taken hold. The syndicates who deal in illegal drugs and guns are also into smuggling wildlife body parts around the world. Poor uneducated villagers are easy targets to do the dirty work. The money they get for killing animals is a pittance compared to the millions of revenue dollars the wildlife trafficking industry produces. However, a poor poacher can make more money in one night than others do in an entire year. So go figure!
Almost overnight a villager can be wealthy. Like with most humans things are purchased to show off. Entire false economies rise up as more and more get involved. Arrests get more difficult as no one squeals. Far too many now benefit from the money flow. There’s now food on the table, medicines for the sick and clothes and shoes for everyone.
Breaking in once the false economy is established is near impossible.
With this in mind it becomes ever more important to intervene early. Important to provide alternative livelihoods before the poaching strangle becomes too strong.
Where Moses lives and works is such a place.
Here many live in simple huts. There’s no running water. Floors are crude dirt. Food supply is scarce, especially during the dry months. Children know what it’s like to go hungry. Women are hard working and frequently men are desperate.
Moses intervenes at the right time.
He offers poachers viable, simple, sustainable alternatives. Poachers turn in their spears and snares. In return Moses gives them a bee hive to learn beekeeping. He teaches them Tilapia fish farming and how to grow vegetables.
And it’s working.
We met with a group of former poachers back in 2017 and recently Moses had a group of 42 join the ranks of ex poachers. Moses is a simple farmer himself. He relies on people like you and me to provide materials to build the beehives, money for equipment and tools to grow vegetables and fish.
Moses gets involved before it’s too late.
Before false economies built on a life of killing takes hold.
It’s actually rather simple. And it works with your help…
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