A Seed of Goodness - Nader Abu Anza’s Story
“I applied for the AAH announcement for the ‘LIFE Palestine’ business development programme. After I passed the technical criteria outlined by the organisation, I was selected as a beneficiary and received the required technical, marketing, and financial training I needed to open my business.
My business started by reclaiming a 500 square meter greenhouse, which I own, but was not suitable for agricultural use. It was being used by my neighborhood as a landfill. This was the first and biggest challenge to overcome, but that turned into a positive change for the project. The land was transformed from an environmentally polluting area to an environmentally friendly one.
I faced many challenges during land reclamation including connecting my land to a water source. After several attempts, I managed to overcome these challenges and now have a permanent source of livelihood, growing a variety of seasonal vegetables, including tomatoes, peppers and eggplants.
Since I started my business, my life has begun to change. My personal lifestyle began to change.
I started to feel independent when I became an economically self-sufficient person. I shared my experiences with my neighbors, and they were inspired to also reclaim their lands as I did. We now have seven water lines extending from my land to the neighboring lands. This has had a great environmental impact in the area, converting waste lands to productive, income generating lands. As for my family, a major transformation has occurred. We are now able to purchase a variety of food. I was also able to buy home furniture that I didn't have before, using the revenue from my land. My stress levels reduced, and I became more resilient to problems. Today, through my own business, I have become a business owner rather than a laborer. I have been able to employ twenty workers in the greenhouse including my family members. This is why I named my business ‘Seed of Goodness’.”
This project was made possible with thanks to the generous support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).
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