A Backyard Garden Changed Our Lives

Guest post by Berhane, an Ethiopian mother

photo of family in garden

Berhane, 28, sits in her family's vegetable patch with her five children (left to right) Frehiot, 9; Yohannes, 5; Ermias, 10 months; Tarik, 13; and Matadel, 7. They live near Semen Shewa, Ethiopia.

Before ChildFund gave us training about the importance and the necessity of backyard gardening, I didn’t know how to do or understand the benefit.

Today my family and I are not only enjoying our garden but we are even making a profit from the product we raise.

Photo of Tarik


There is a big demand for the vegetables. The prices increased. Therefore, we all make sure the garden is kept well and taken care to give the products.

We are eating different vegetables according to the seasons and our diet has improved. The income from these products supports us to buy school materials for the children.

All photos by Jake Lyell Photography.

photo of mother and child

Berhane and 10-month-old Ermias

Photo of Matadel


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