A woman from Bosnia holds the produce grown in the greenhouse donated by Islamic Relief, which will provide her family with a sustainable source of income

Building greenhouses for a sustainable future

When Selma Bošnjak tragically lost her husband to cancer, she was left to bring up her two daughters with nominal financial support. They share a house with the 14 other members of her family, including her husband’s parents, two brother-in-laws and their families, none of whom had any source of income.

An elderly man working in the greenhouse donated by Islamic Relief that provides their family of 17 with a sustainable source of income

Now, all seven of the adults in the family are able to work

Selma had to rely on her father’s minimal pension and the child support that she receives, which amounts to only 33 Euros per month (about 25 GBP). The family longed for the opportunity to be able to support themselves, instead of having to rely on help from others.

In July 2015, Islamic Relief provided the family with two of their own greenhouses, as well as all of the equipment and training needed to teach them how to cultivate fruit and vegetables such as cucumbers and tomatoes.

Now, the family are able to grow produce to not only feed themselves, but also sell to a local food company and to neighbours to generate money. This can be used to maintain the greenhouse and to further support themselves. So far, they have made over 1,500kg of cornichons, and they plan to start growing spinach, green onions, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers.

“I thank Islamic Relief for this project and their help. Dear God, reward them with the most beautiful reward,” says Selma.

The family have successfully grown cornichons and hope to produce tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables too.

The family have successfully grown cornichons and hope to produce tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables too.

Now, Islamic Relief Waqf are making more families, like Nezir’s, sustainable through greenhouses.

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