A thriving vegie patch can provide a source of fresh food and produce can also be sold at market for extra income. Provide training, seeds and equipment to help someone create their own kitchen garden.
How your gift helps
For many people around the world, starting a vegie garden isn’t as simple as heading down to the local nursery for some seedlings and potting mix. A changing climate, access to water, productive seed varieties, and fertile land to plant in are all factors that can make it difficult for people facing poverty to grow their own food. But TEAR partner SSEWA-Pak is helping families in Sindh, south-east Pakistan, to overcome these difficulties and cultivate flourishing gardens for food and income.
A few years ago, Chemli, her husband and their eight children were displaced from where they’d been living, and have set up their home in a new village. Because they don’t own the land here, it’s hard to feel settled and protected. But with the help of SSEWA-Pak, Chemli has started her own kitchen garden. Not only does the garden provide nutritious food and save the family money, it has opened up opportunities for Chemli to connect with the others in the village and extend hospitality to guests. With seeds and training provided by the project, Chemli has been able to grow a thriving crop of eggplant, mustard, radish, carrot and spinach. These vegetables are fresh and grown without harmful chemicals, positively impacting the family’s health, and the family saves around 70c per day on vegetables they’d otherwise have to purchase. From what they grow, they can sell the surplus produce, share with their neighbours, and collect seeds to replant, allowing for a sustainable crop.
Through SSEWA-Pak, Chemli has also been able to join a Women’s Self-Help and Savings Group. This group provides local women with connection and a space to talk about important issues and save money together. As one woman from the group shared, ‘before we just worked in the fields, we never met with each other, and now we are taking care of each other and meeting together.’ The group is full of hope for the future: they’re aiming to save enough money to purchase the land they live on, and have also been able to pay a teacher to run small classes for their children.
About our partner
The Society for Safe Environment and Welfare of Agrarians in Pakistan (SSEWA-Pak) works to empower people experiencing poverty and marginalisation in Sindh Province through the Community Capacity Development Program. It works mainly through Self-Help Groups, developing the capacity of the groups through training and support.
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