Slum Women take up gardening for nutrition
Slum families usually have very small houses. Therefore, they find it nearly impossible to grow enough vegetables to yield ample fresh produce to use for nutritious meals. Along with nutrition, growing plants provides confidence and a sense for making their immediate world more beautiful and natural. Caring for plants gives a sense of well being in a place where it is most desperately needed
With soft and attentive motivation and gentle perseverance, UHRC’s social facilitators encouraged slum families to grow vegetables that would thrive in their respective houses. Seeds and manure were provided, and after 4 years of stimulation (during 2016-2017), over 350 families gained the happiness and confidence that comes from growing one’s own beans, bottle gourds, round gourds, ribbed gourds, tomatoes, and brinjals (eggplant or aubergines) on small plants.
They used small spaces in the front and behind their houses, in waste buckets of paints and other broken containers. Seeds were sown in July 2016, and plants were carefully tended as they grew. During Sept. 2016 to Feb 2017, over 350 families grew about 5250 Kg of vegetables. The magnificent results totaled to about 35 kg tomatoes, 45 kg beans, 100 kg bottle gourds and round gourds, 65 kg brinjals(eggplant), 65 kg ribbed gourds, 20 kg small green peppers, and 20 kg pumpkin.
Plants and creepers begin taking form in wet soil
Bottle gourds supported by old bed-sheet
Still maturing round gourd, hiding amidst leaves
Lady showing bottle gourds on creeper with pride
Tomatoes ready to add nutrition & Flavor to meal