A catering business run by female Palestinian refugees in the Burj al-Barajneh camp is cultivating a rooftop organic garden, Oct. 24, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A catering business run by a group of female Palestinian refugees in the Burj al-Barajneh camp is cultivating a rooftop organic garden to meet the company's fresh produce needs and encourage sustainable urban agriculture.The produce grown in the garden will fulfill Soufra's own supply needs, as well as benefit the lives of the camp's locals.Abi Chaker said that he designed the garden in such a way that it holds up to 2,600 plants and 15 different variations of vegetables, 75 percent of which will fulfill Soufra's produce requirements.Abi Chaker also said the garden project is part of a larger plan to encourage discussions about waste management, citing the need for innovation and ambition to make eco-projects such as the rooftop garden come to fruition.Khalidi emphasized that the upsides of the rooftop garden are multifaceted in that not only is Soufra's independence as a business strengthened the garden introduces sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly waste management it also contributes to the broader local community in myriad ways.
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