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Growing hope: Worms save lives in Bangladesh

By Practical Action On 14.11.2023 Climate changeBlog

In the flood-prone region of Shyamnagar, Bangladesh, Archana Rani and her family are using vermicomposting to overcome the challenges caused by climate-driven floods. This story follows Archana’s journey of using earthworms to create fertile soil, ensuring her family’s food security and providing a stable income.

A woman in a red sari sitting on a wooden chair, symbolizing growing hope in Bangladesh.

1. Archana Rani on her small farm, where she makes vermicompost and uses it to grow vegetables and fruit, as well as selling it to earn an income to support her family.

A man and a woman in a sari standing next to a tree in Bangladesh, embodying growing hope as worms save lives.

2. Archana and her husband display the vermicompost that is vital for growing crops in saline flood-affected soil. Archana’s entrepreneurship means her whole community now has access to this life-changing compost.

A hand reaching into a pile of dirt, cultivating growing hope in Bangladesh.

3. A close-up of the vermicompost, teeming with earthworms. This rich, organic soil is created using a combination of earthworm digestion and aerobic decomposition.

In Bangladesh, worms are bringing hope to a man and a woman living in a hut with pots on the floor.

4. The couple make the vermicompost, a practice that has become central to their self-sufficiency. They learned how to produce vermicompost through Practical Action’s training.

Growing hope: A woman holds a pile of dirt in her hands, showcasing the life-saving impact of worms in Bangladesh.

5. Archana holds the vermicompost. She sells most of it to community members with larger plots of land. She’s used the money she’s earned so far to build a cowshed and elevate her house to be more prepared and resilient for future floods and storms.

A family with a child in a shack in bangladesh.

6. Archana, with her husband and daughter, represents a family moving towards a secure future, with their new skills bolstering their resilience against climate-related floods.

Archana’s adoption of vermicomposting is more than a farming technique; it’s a lifeline. It has not only improved the quality of their crops but also fortified their family against the uncertainties of the climate crisis.