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COSEC Cameroon – The Widows Mushroom (TWM)

Date grant awarded: July 26, 2019

Community Sustainable Entrepreneurship Centre – COSEC – is an initiative that seeks to engage women, youth, and widows in income generating activities that would enable them become self sufficient; both economically and socially. Edward Mburli and his team train participants in activities such as mushroom cultivation, cultivation of fruits, and business management.

The Widows Mushroom project is part of this broader initiative, which intends to organize a 5-days training and 1-week practical demonstration on organic mushroom cultivation. Three training modules include entrepreneurial skills development, sustainable cultivation, and basic bookkeeping. The materials used will be low-cost waste material from timber, corn, bamboos, planks, and slaked lime. Quality seeds would be generated from the community sustainable mushroom farms.

During the project, some 200 kilograms of mushrooms will be harvested and sold to generate an approximate $700 USD within a period of 4-months, which will be invested in the creation of three group farms for the beneficiaries.