Mushroom project targets poverty, unemployment

The Barbra Nyagomo Foundation recently launched a mushroom growing project here aimed at improving community welfare and transforming people’s lives.

Some of the villagers who participated in the mushroom growing training.
Some of the villagers who participated in the mushroom growing training.

The project is also aimed at reducing the sky-rocketing numbers of unemployed young people countrywide, and targets donor-dependency, in which people wait for donors and government to provide initiatives and the means to sustain them.

No more waiting

“This mushroom project is equipping all those interested to improve personal entrepreneurship skills, create businesses and provide employment for the benefit of the society,” Project Director, Itai Machakaire said in an interview. The workshop was attended by 14 community members drawn from Mudzi, Mutoko, Murewa, Makoni, Buhera, Mutare and Chipinge.

“This is just one among a dozen other empowering sustainable projects that we are launching countrywide. We are no longer waiting for anyone to do things for us but taking the initiative as communities. People everywhere are in dire need for a better livelihood and this project will empower them to do things on their own.

“We held our first project meeting in Mashonaland East, Murewa South constituency, Macheke in ward 29. We appreciate the help we got from Isaac Sithole, who provided his industrial site for us to kick-start our project where community members were taken through a workshop focusing on mushroom growing. We teach them how to succeed in this business – from planting through to harvesting and selling.”

Machakaire said the project was already drawing interest from various places around the country.

“I never thought people would be so interested in this project. I am receiving an overwhelming number of calls from people who also want to be trained and equipped for a better tomorrow.

“I can now assure the nation that more of these workshops will be held for a better society and tomorrow. We have enough resources to take this project forward in every corner of our country and we will do it as we have a start-up capital to implement it,” he said.

Heartless politicians

Machakaire took a swipe at politicians for failing the people, saying “The majority of Zimbabweans are ailing under abject poverty emanating from heartless political leaders who are egocentric and corrupt. The Zanu (PF) government has lost touch with what is affecting the people. They are only making noise misfiring policies that have destroyed the economy. People had put their hope in Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC, but they have proved the worst failure of our generation. I believe the entry of Barbra Nyagomo with her Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe (PDZ) into mainstream politics will make them understand that politics revolve around people.

“We have this project because of her commitment and sacrifice. She is already practising what she preaches – that politics should be about people. Hence she took this project to the communities to help improve their livelihoods. That is what we want from leaders – they should promote projects without segregation, as we do not care about political or religious affiliation,” he added. Nyagomo, the founder and leader of PDZ, believes the fight should be against poverty. “As a leader I know that my enemy is poverty. Whatever I do will be targeted at eliminating it. Another problem is unemployment – hence the need for the mushroom project. We need everyone countrywide to unite behind this project to make it a success,” she said.

She added that her party was interested in seeing improvements in people’s perceptions, attitudes and self-confidence in order to build a better society.

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