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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Project Info

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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On August 12, 2018, Likoswe procured materials. Mushroom growing requires a clean base material in which mushroom spores can germinate (in this case, corn husks) and a relatively cool, dark space for mushrooms to grow. As shown in the pictures below, the project committee used wooden poles to build a shed to house the mushrooms. Community members covered the shed in grass and lined the structure with plastic. After sanitizing the corn husks in boiling water, Likoswe mixed the husks with mushroom seeds and stuffed the mixture into plastic bags with holes. Mushrooms grew from the bags. Mature mushrooms were harvested and sold, earning the community about $500. On January 10, 2019, the project halted because heavy rains damaged the shed and mushrooms inside. As of this moment, it is unclear whether the mushroom project will resume. It appears that residents working on the project decided to divvy up their profits instead of reinvesting them in another round of mushroom growing.
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