Mushroom project brings smiles to villagers

Beneficiaries of a mushroom project initiated early this year in Rimbi village area have started harvesting their produce with villagers praising the initiative as life changing.

Watering mushroom before picking
Watering mushroom before picking

Leader of the mushroom project, Constance Munjokodi, confirmed that they were already selling their mushroom produce to the rest of the community.

“We have already sold mushroom worth more than $200 and are picking every day,” Munjokodi said. They pick twice a day, in the morning and evening, with each picking producing an average of 2kgs.

“Our project is still small but demand is so high we are failing to satisfy the market. If we can get more resources, the project promises to change the complexion of our community,” she added.

A Rimbi villager, Artwell Sithole, applauded the mushroom project, saying it had made an impact with the beneficiaries being able to pay their children’s school fees in time. Charity Mutseyami, Coordinator of Tekeshe Foundation, the organisation spearheading the project said her organisation was happy it had produced results since being launched in May with 20 men and women forming the first group of beneficiaries.

The mushroom project is just one of many programmes initiated by the foundation, among them dressmaking and poultry.

However, Mutseyami said the projects faced numerous challenges, among them windy weather that was affecting the growth of mushrooms, which are low in calories, is fat- and cholesterol-free yet high in vitamin D, iron, zinc and potassium.

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