Mariam’s work and ingenuity improve household income in Jordan

Mariam’s work and ingenuity improve household income in Jordan

Mariam and fifteen other Bedouin women who received food security training through FRB’s Jordan-Greigra program are now successfully growing crops in plastic greenhouses.

Mariam's husband has a second wife, and among them they have 10 children to feed and nurture. After the training, Mariam took out a loan from the program’s small revolving loan project in order buy the materials needed to build and maintain a plastic hoop house near her home.

She and her female children plant and care for the vegetables in the greenhouse. Her co-wife and female children look after housework, and her husband and the boys work in the program’s watermelon fields.

For water in this dry land, Mariam and her family rely on a cistern which catches any rains that fall and is also supplemented by a spring-fed municipal water source.

Mariam grows tomato, cucumber and eggplants for the family’s consumption, and markets her surplus within the village of Greigra. From this income she was able to start a small business of buying women’s undergarments from the city of Aqaba which she sells from her home to women in the local community. The extra income has helped her pay off the cost of the green-house and take care of household expenses.

FRB's Jordan Greigra Program encompasses one community, 55 households and 5,000 individuals*

*The average number of people per household is 10. “5000 individuals” includes a large refugee population from Syria that has settled in tents around the community. The refugees are invited to attend program trainings and are also employed by the farmers in the planting and harvest seasons, especially as the amount of land available for crops increases due to the applied techniques learned in trainings.

04/03/2013 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment