Suubi Mushroom Project
The Suubi mushroom project, has proven to be a huge success with many households in the area. Initially six ladies from Suubi were taken to the Mushroom Training Resource Centre (MTRC) in Kabaale to learn the required skills to run a profitable mushroom growing business. Once they returned to Suubi they conducted training sessions for others in the community to learn from their new found skills.
When they returned home Nankya Madalena (centre) and ladies from the training party passed on skills to other interested people in the community.
All the ladies, including Namatovu Gerard, soon had the skills to produce fabulous mushrooms.
With these skills mastered, interested ladies went about building mushroom houses at their own homes. This required very little money to set up, with many of them opting to use bush poles, mud and grass thatched roofs. Once the houses were completed the ladies very quickly realised that a mushroom business requires very little time and energy to maintain. They were soon harvesting mushrooms and taking them to Suubi Centre where they were dried in the community solar drier.
Nakafeero Sarah's simple mushroom house produces high quality mushrooms.
Nakatongole Betty places her mushrooms in the solar drier at Suubi.
Once dried, all mushrooms produce at Suubi are sent to MTRC where a guaranteed market sees the product sold both in Uganda and through their export market. We are very excited that many ladies are now making an income from their mushroom business which helps support their families.
Building on the this success we are currently developing mushroom projects with our partner schools. These schools will become satellite centres for Suubi whereby both the school itself and the parents will be able to earn an income from their mushroom growing. This should help alleviate some of the pressure associated with school fees, educational expenses and purchasing resources for the school.
A demonstration mushroom house has also been established at Suubi. This not only allows interested people to see an ideal structure and get hands on training but also provides an income for the centre.