Emina's Garden: Planting Seeds of Self-Reliance

Kerstin Bean
21 May 2021

In an ongoing effort to help rural families struggling with food security and access to nutrient-rich foods, Latter-day Saint Charities and Muslim Aid provide greenhouse kits to committed participants. These kits include a concrete-anchored greenhouse, an irrigation system, and seeds—everything needed for one planting cycle.

“I always wanted to grow healthy vegetables for my family,” says Emina Fejzovic. Two years ago, her dream became a reality. Emina was one of 200 beneficiaries who received a greenhouse start-up kit from Latter-day Saint Charities and Muslim Aid.

With this opportunity, Emina became an avid student of gardening, committed and willing to learn. When volunteers Ron and Cathy Burns visited Emina’s greenhouse, they were impressed. “She so proudly showed us her journal in which she was keeping an accurate record of her work and progress in her garden,” says Cathy Burns.

Because of her hard work and dedication, Emina transformed her greenhouse into a thriving garden and source of income. She now grows all types of vegetables, including peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes. “I am proud to say that I have a collection of 60 types of tomatoes from all over the world,” she says.

Her vitamin-enriched harvest boosts not only the health of her community but also her monthly income. This past year when the world was on pause, she continued to sell her vegetable surplus to her community. “During the coronavirus pandemic, when everything was closed, we continued to deliver our vegetables to the addresses of our customers. It helped add a lot to our house budget,” says Emina.

In Bosnia, where Emina lives, many rural families struggle with food security and access to nutrient-rich foods. In an ongoing effort to help, Latter-day Saint Charities and Muslim Aid provide greenhouse kits to committed participants. These kits include a concrete-anchored greenhouse, an irrigation system, and seeds—everything needed for one planting cycle. After completing a training program and giving an up-front cost contribution, participants are eligible to receive a start-up kit. For these beginner gardeners, Muslim Aid provides ongoing technical expertise and support.

Emina continues to find ways to improve her garden and its yield. She hopes to have more projects like these in the future, and she continues to inspire and improve the lives of her family and community. “We are happy to see that she still embraces her opportunity with such continued passion,” says Cathy Burns. “It has truly been a blessing for her and her family and many others as well.”

To learn more about Latter-day Saint Charities’ food security and environmental projects, visit latterdaysaintcharities.org.