Hijra House’s mission is to cultivate, advocate, and facilitate faith-based solutions to distinct economic and social challenges of low/moderate-income citizens and areas. Hijra House uplifts oyster aquaculture as a means for greater environmental and economic justice for South Mississippi and South Mississippians. In addition to providing entrepreneurial and worker-owned opportunities for South Mississippians, our aquaculture work improves Gulf of Mexico water quality; wastewater systems that are a source of pollution into the Gulf of Mexico; and ultimately the drinking water systems that impact community health. Equally as important, by advancing our aquaculture work through an alliance of agricultural concerns owned and/or led by African-American farmers and urban gardeners, we are co-building processes and addressing policy with democratic principles of inclusion and accountability while also gauging local community confidence in their drinking water.