Likoswe Village used $1450 in January, 2019 to start a mushroom business. This project helped 738 people across 187 households. Likoswe contributed $73, materials, and labor.

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Likoswe wants to start a mushroom business to provide a sustainable source of income to village residents.

Community Problem: Likoswe residents are mostly subsistence farmers with very low incomes. Many people grow the staple crop, corn or maize, and vegetables like greens, but those goods don't fetch high prices at the local and regional markets.

Community Solution: Start a mushroom business. A short time ago, a NGO trained Likoswe residents in mushroom farming and then left without providing any capital for residents to start a sustainable business. Mushrooms are in high demand in Blantyre, Malawi's largest commercial city, located about 30 minutes from Likoswe. This project will build capacity in a community that has invested its resources to cover labor, materials, and 5% in cash.

Partners: National Peace Corps Association

Outcome: reliable income for the village

May 2018
Village Raises Cash Contribution
May 2018
Project Posted
Aug 2018
Project Funded
Jan 2019
Project Completed
Field Officer Benard Dickson

Email: benard@villagex.org
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Change in Development Score:
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Dollars Invested in Projects in
Likoswe Village (cumulative)

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*Scores based on # of waterborne illnesses, malaria cases, maternal deaths, and infant deaths per capita.
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*Scores based on school enrollment and national exam passage rates per capita.
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*Scores based on # of agriculural and non-agricultural village businesses per capita.
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*Scores based on # of roofs with iron sheets, TVs, motorcycles, and smartphones per capita.
Change in Agricultural Production:
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*Scores based on # of 60 kg bags of maize produced per capita.
Change in Livestock Holdings:
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*Scores based on # of goats and cows per capita.
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