Mushroom production

it's a girl inspire project. To train,equip and empower vulnerable girls who are victims of early child marriages and school dropouts .

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name


Initiative's representative date of birth


Initiative's representative gender

  • Woman

Headquarters location: country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: city


Where are you making a difference?


Website or social media url(s)

Website: Facebook:Care Promotion and poverty Alleviation initiative -CPAI Mushroompage:

Date Started

15th October 2019

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • Less than €1k

Organization Type

  • Nonprofit/NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

Mr Ahabwe Canary who was part of us but had left to Isreal to advance his studies in Agriculture. When he came back,around June 2019,as an organisation, we had made researched on the causes of increasing school dropouts ,early marriages and teenage pregnacies. It was found out that the main cause was poverty, parents lack supportive means to carter for their children.beside the inadequate land to help them increase their productivity, there is a problem of climatic changes and yet these people have only one income revenue. The idea of girl inspire project through mushroom production was birthed to train equip and empower those who have fallen victims of child early marriages and school dropouts to attain economic self reliance.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

-land shortages with increasing populations. -exploitation and use of these girls for cheap labour in people’s gardens where at times they are denied their pay. -it is an approach to challenges of climate change. -Unemployment

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

- Provision of mushroom growing implements namely: drums, wheelbarrows, tarpaulins, weighing scales, sealing machines, spawns, lime, timber, nails and cotton waste -we provide ready market for their mushroom and we do value addition forexample making mushroom tea and mushroom coffee

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

Approaches • Train, equip and empower: youths and women are equipped and empowered with knowledge, information, skills and tools of getting out of poverty through training in sustainable approaches of mushroom growing, production and value addition that lead to improved livelihoods. • Involvement and Participation: our farmers are encouraged to actively participate in development of initiatives that lead them out of poverty through their own participation. This ensures effectiveness and efficiency within the enterprise as well as project ownership teamwork and unity amongst beneficiaries. • Labor Groups and Demonstrations: through site trainings, we motivate, encourage and influence our participants to acquire knowledge and skills thr

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

Our initiative works to strengthen communities especially women and youths to respond to better farming practices, environmental conservation, proper land use and food security attainment.we have started on building strong partnership with other organizations like Mbarara University of science and Technology, youth go green Uganda a,the district environment officer to engage the community and create awareness and sensitization on preserving biodiversity.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

-has become an inspiration to other girls -created job opportunities -increased food security -reduced economic exploitaion -Team work -encouraged saving culture Measuring progress through - Number of mushroom gardens established - Kilograms of mushrooms produced in a month - Kilograms of mushrooms sold in a month - Type of mushrooms produced - Type of materials used to package the products - Types of markets accessed (hotels, schools, churches, supermarkets - Number of schemes established - Number of groups running the schemes - Number of persons borrowing and lending in the scheme - Girls being assertive on matters affecting them - Change in feeding and dressing ways - Health of children

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

-Replication to other areas - Conduct demonstrations in post-harvest handling techniques and value addition - Monitoring, field visits, Impact assessment - Training more participants in marketing and business management approaches - Formation of marketing committees to negotiate for better prices - Establishment of saving and credit schemes through revolving funds - Compile case studies of best practices - Dissemination of best practices to advocate for the plight of girls and inspire others - Monitoring, field visits, impact assessment

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

Mushrooms are a delicacy among almost all members of society in Uganda and therefore are consumed from restaurants, hotels, homes, schools, churches, hospitals and supermarkets. . The health benefits obtained from mushrooms have become a milestone in redeeming lives of the pregnant mothers,young children and elderly.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

financial return obtained from sale of mushrooms is to ensure sustainability of the project by the beneficiaries. Good financial management procedures are to be emphasized to ensure proper utilization and re-investment of income from the sale of mushrooms into the project by the beneficiaries while maintaining credit and saving systems.

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

Executive director-overall management of the organisation Programs director-project planning coordination and implementation. Monitoring and evaluation-project monitoring data collection ,impact assessment and report production. Project co-ordinator-project planning coordination and implementation. Finance Administrator- guidance on finances Chairperson-governance role and an overseer of the organisation . Legal Advisor-legal guidance and interpretation of girls and women's rights.

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Search engine

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far


Yes, absolutely! - 25%

Yes/maybe - 50%

Maybe - 0%

Maybe/no - 25%

No - 0%


5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 25%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 25%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 0%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 50%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%


5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 0%

3- Maybe. - 75%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 75%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 0%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 50%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 0%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 0%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 50%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 50%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 100%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 50%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 0%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 50%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 50%

Other option - 0%

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