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Salwa Sleiman is tending to her greenhouse, which is crammed with tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.Sleiman's is just one of 11 rooftop greenhouses in the camp that the Nashet Social and Cultural Association says can provide a source of income for families, and even change stereotypes about refugee camps. Nashet and Medico International erected the greenhouses among six of the camp's neighborhoods, including Sleiman's neighborhood of Baraksat.Densely populated camps such as Ain al-Hilweh lack the space to grow plants. Last year, the organization that organizes services in Palestinian camps in the region was left with a $446 million funding gap when U.S. President Donald Trump's administration announced a crippling funding cut.The project took inspiration from a similar rooftop greenhouse project in the Deheisheh camp in Palestine's occupied West Bank, she noted.
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