On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the Micro Business Catalyst Fund (MBCF) team, along with Harrieth, the Project Co-ordinator and translator, hit the road to meet with our mushroom farmers in Mwika, Tanzania.
40 kilometres from Moshi, we ventured off the road onto a path framed by banana trees and within minutes reached 'Mama Mauri's' house where, to our surprise, we were greeted with hugs and kisses from the farmers.
Mama Mauri proudly displays a fresh batch of oyster mushrooms that will be sold at the market.
The mushroom project was started in 2010, and with the involvement of RRU graduates and sponsors it is continuing on into 2013. Throughout the next 6 weeks, Shannan Brown and I are working hand-in-hand with the farmers to do a feasibility analysis on future growth of the project; analysing the production process and market to provide solutions to the barriers that hamper their development. Whereas, Sarah Proctor and Jen Vagg will use the project as a focal point for a documentary on micro business development in Tanzania.