Fozia cares deeply for her family.

She prays that some day, her four young children will attend school, learn new skills and build bright and hopeful futures.

But without a reliable source of income, Fozia’s family remained trapped in poverty. Fozia’s hope for her children was fragile.

In a village in Badin, Pakistan Fozia’s husband works as a farmer. But last year, his crops didn’t yield enough food to sell at the market. The family had no money to buy food and meet other needs.

When PWS&D partners came to her community to teach families about health and nutrition, Fozia was eager to participate so she could make life better for her children.

Through the project, Fozia learned about starting a kitchen garden as a way to grow a variety of healthy produce to eat. “I didn’t know anything about growing vegetables until they taught us about it,” she shares.

Participants from the sustainable agriculture and food security project in Badin, Pakistan, are trained in kitchen gardening and clay pitcher technology as a method of irrigation. Photo: CWSA

With the seeds she’d been given, Fozia planted a small vegetable patch outside her home. Tiny green sprouts blossomed into radishes, spinach and tomatoes—a reliable source of food. “I like eating my freshly grown vegetables,” smiles Fozia.

Fozia’s family has been saving the money they would have used to buy food since they now eat what they grow. With the extra money, they are buying household necessities, like clothes and schoolbooks.

When Fozia’s garden produces more vegetables than she needs, she sells them to generate extra income or gives them to her neighbours.

“Eating clean and healthy food has improved our health,” the mother adds. Since starting her kitchen garden, her children are sick far less often.

Fozia’s kitchen garden has been a source of knowledge as well. During information sessions offered through the project, she learned about the nutritional value of the vegetables she grows and the importance of a healthy diet.

“Because of this teaching, my family has been able to prosper,” shares Fozia.

With money to buy the things her children need, a sustainable source of nourishment and the knowledge to stay healthy, Fozia is hopeful that her garden will help her children have the future she dreams about.

Banner photo: Another beneficiary of PWS&D’s sustainable agriculture and food security project, Zainab, shares her kitchen garden. Credit: CWSA

*This project receives support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank. PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. This project was undertaken with matching support from the Government of Canada.