Bangladeshi woman Jacinta Holder is proud of her thriving vegetable patch. “I feel very pleased every day,” she says. “Morning and evening I'm coming to the garden.” With support from TEAR’s partner Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD), Jacinta, a mother of two girls, turned her land into a productive garden. BASD works with Self-Help Groups and runs kitchen garden training in her community. Jacinta learnt how to improve her soil by using vermi-compost and now has a successful crop of okra, jute, beans, stem amaranth and cucumber. She is able to sell excess produce for a…
Across the vast low-lying plains of Bangladesh, millions of families farm tiny patches of rich alluvial soil. Emerald fields may stretch as far as the eye can see, but not all of the land is good, and not all of the yield is sufficient. In the coastal areas, where families earn a living from fishing, many struggle to grow any food at all.
The poorest people often live on the poorest land, and many still struggle to feed their families. Faith in Action and BASD are two of TEAR’s partners helping families on marginal land find their own unique ways to grow food.
TEAR’s partner BASD supports…
TEAR's Kelly Rae shares the story of a woman named Golapi, who lives in Hasha Mazalia village in North West Bangladesh.
The sun burned down on my neck as I walked with staff from our partner organisation, Symbiosis, along a winding path to reach the village where Golapi lives. As we approached the village, we were welcomed by a group of women and their children, their bright smiles and vibrantly patterned clothes in sharp contrast with the brown dusty surrounds. Looking around, I could see that for people here, life was difficult. Nestled under a huge shady tree, homes were quite small and…
After hours of jolting travel on unsealed roads, and a short boat ride, there is a flurry of excitement and questions when we arrive at Raypasha village in Magura, southern Bangladesh.
Today I’m travelling with TEAR partner Faith in Action. We left early for the field areas where their staff live and work. The project we are visiting helps women form into groups, teaches them basic literacy and numeracy skills, then supports them as they save and access loans for small business activities.
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