Our MUSHROOM GROWING project is an income generating initiative the not only trains our mothers in mushroom cultivation, but also improves their diet and quality of life. We encourage mothers work in teams from their home, since the greatest market for mushrooms is in their communities and markets.
17-year-old Jessica’s story:
“I found out I was pregnant when I was 16. In Matugga, where I come from, people see me as a failure because I am a teenage mother. My family is poor and survives from digging. When the family of the father of my child refused for us to marry, I had to keep working in the fields, which caused complication with my pregnancy. My mother told me about the opportunity to participate in UWOPED and I was so excited! UWOPED did not see me as a failure. Not only have I learned vocational skills like mushroom growing, I also know how to handle myself around others. Today, I see myself as a powerful woman.”