Evo ruka started with its economic activity – social entrepreneurship – in 2015. It was then that Delta Foundation started a support programme called Plantation for the Future (Serbian ‘Zasad za budućnost’). This programme was intended for local agricultural manufacturers and associations that wanted to start with agricultural development. The final goal was to ensure finances for vulnerable groups programmes and their economic empowerment.
We were one of six supported organisations and we therefore managed to ensure two greenhouses of 500 m2, plantation for one sowing and necessary equipment and tools. We did not know much about growing vegetables, but we had huge support and assistance by our neighbours and local agricultural manufacturers. We managed to grow green beans, cucumber and lettuce. The next year we excelled in growing tomatoes and paprika. We planted strawberries in the open and prepared wheat for Christmas.
We were selling all vegetables or made juices and ‘ajvar’ out of it. We used to sell it directly from the field or distributed it ourselves.