Mom’s Garden


Twelve-year-old Ly, left, and her friend, Hang, join Ly’s mother, Trinh, in her family’s sweet potato patch in Vietnam.

With careful planning, organic farming and care for the environment support the growth of incomes and opportunities in rural Vietnam. Ly’s family benefits in many ways, including the opportunity she enjoys to continue her schooling.

“My family's vegetable garden is always green,” says Ly.

Ly’s mom uses the waste from a biogas system and compost from raising chickens to fertilize veggies and rice fields.

“She no longer uses chemical fertilizers in gardening and farming,” Ly says.

With only a small plot of land at the backyard, her parents can grow a wide variety of foodstuff.

“The environment-friendly linking between chicken raising and gardening gives us clean and healthy vegetables,” says Ly.

Ly’s parents sell rice husks for fuel, as well as rice and vegetables. They produce pigs and chickens for additional income. Ly has confidence she will be able to achieve her dream of attending a teacher’s college because her family has a stable income.

Photo©2016 World Vision, Xuan Thiem Le

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