Breaking families out of the poverty trap

In 2017, Islamic Relief (Our Parent organisation) marked 25 years of serving communities who suffer from poverty trap in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The country is grappling with the legacy of war and genocide. As well as disastrous flooding and underdevelopment. Its people face one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe. Women and children typically feeling the deepest impacts of poverty.

on of the beneficiaries of breaking poverty trap projects, standing in her greenhouse

Waqf greenhouses empowered 14 poor women to earn a dignified living.

This year, the orphan sponsorship scheme was a lifeline for over 1,300 of the country’s most vulnerable families. Moreover, Waqf funding enabled us to do even more.

We gave greenhouses and training in agricultural techniques to 14 women. In addition, children receiving support through our orphan scheme. Specialist equipment such as sun protection nets. As well as minerals and seeds for autumn and winter sowing were also provided.

With the women able to access the support of an advisor for a year, through the project they are growing produce to feed their household – and to sell. Now with more self-sufficiency than ever before, and able to cultivate a decent living, the women can lift their families out of poverty.

“This greenhouse is helping my family to have a better life”

Mevlida’s Story

Her new greenhouse enables Mevlida to grow tomatoes – and her income – to provide for her son.

When her husband died five years ago, Mevlida Music was left with just a small widow’s pension with which to care for her seven-year old son, Hamza. Although the regular allowance that she receives from orphan sponsorship scheme helps take care of Hamza’s basic needs, it was still hard to make ends meet.

Mevlida was determined to work her way out of poverty . Thus, Waqf helped her to do exactly that. The greenhouse, equipment and training she received empowered her to generate an income.

“I sell vegetables to the local shop and in front of my home. Thus, passers-by can buy from me too,” said enterprising Mevlida, who now grows tomatoes, cucumbers and paprika. She told us that the greenhouse has changed her life for the better. Moreover, her self-esteem has flourished like the plants themselves.

a woman and boy laughing in their greenhourse in front of them some vegetables, fighting poverty trap

Mevlida is now in a position to help others who are struggling of poverty trap like she was. She has given a share of her produce to the local public kitchen.

“I am very grateful to Islamic Relief and the Waqf donors for this greenhouse and helping me and my family to have better life.”

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