Indonesian Mother Flourishes with FH Garden

Have you ever heard of an idea or trend that didn’t seem worth it to you up front? Perhaps a workout plan or diet, maybe a money-saving seminar, or an addicting television series (such as “Making a Murderer” that I’ve finally agreed to make time to watch). Then one of your friends joins the revolution and loved it. That’s about all it takes to convince you, right? Once you see the real life change in the life of your trusted friends, that feels like all the evidence you need.

Health plans and television shows are nothing serious, but still can add a lot to our lives. Now imagine denying involvement with something that could really change your life to later find out exactly how much you were missing.

Testimony is powerful like that and can make all the difference.

Martha no longer has to buy vegetables for her family thanks to the abundant supply of her garden.

Marta no longer has to buy vegetables for her family thanks to the abundant supply of her garden.

I think of Marta, a mother of two in Indonesia. She initially had no desire to get involved with Food for the Hungry (FH) programming, feeling the efforts would be futile. However, her friend Naoi saw value in the programs and decided to join a savings group, which would allow her to work with other women to save and invest money.

Naoi got extremely involved and spear-headed the building of a community garden. She then worked with FH staff to lead a workshop on good farming and gardening techniques. The land and education generated amazing opportunities for Naoi and her neighbors. In one year, they have been able to grow three times the harvest of two prior years, combined.

Martha and her Savings Group show off their bountiful harvest. Martha hesitated to join the group, but after witnessing her friend Naoi's (to her right) experience, she was convinced. Now, thanks to her vegetable supply, she no longer has to buy vegetables for her family.

Marta and her Savings Group show off their bountiful harvest. Marta hesitated to join the group, but after witnessing her friend Naoi’s (to her right) experience, she was convinced.

After seeing what this job did for Naoi, Marta realized the change she could make in her own life and the life of her family. She joined Naoi’s savings group and agriculture program. They planted several types of vegetables including long beans, eggplants, chilies and corn.

Thanks to the growth of her garden, Marta no longer needs to buy vegetables for her family. And not only that! She was also able to sell some of her corn and chili harvest at the market and earn enough money to buy school supplies for her daughter Yosiana.

This has truly helped change the life of Marta and her children. You can help more people like Marta overcome all forms of human poverty. Click here to find out how.

What’s something you were hesitant to participate in, but the testimony of a loved one changed your mind? Share in the comments below.