In Kapitu, North Sulawesi, Manengkel Solidaritas are empowering local women to grow oyster mushrooms which they can sell to make a livelihood and provide nutrition for the village.
It makes for a profitable business and the growing process is accessible for the local people.
Profit straight to the local community
Growing oyster mushrooms makes for a profitable business, with all proceeds going to the local people. In addition, the growing process is very accessible.
Not only will this empower the local women to create their own livelihood, but it also provides a source of nutrition to the rest of the village. Furthermore, the mushrooms can be exported overseas in the long term to countries where vegetarianism and veganism is more prevalent, since they are an excellent meat substitute.
Create soil bags - combine 1kg coconut fibre to 2 OZ rice husk to 1 teaspoon of lime powder from limestone.
Creating soil bags
The soil bags are cooked in steam for 4-8 hours to remove bacteria.
Steam the soil bags
Add a small piece of mushroom on the top of the soil in to the bag.
Wait 40 days for the mushroom to bloom and then harvest
Add a mushroom to grow