Rwanda: A Musanze woman is running a thriving mushroom business

Adeline Umukunzi from Musanze District in Rwanda is gaining big from a mushroom growing business she started in 2018. After graduating from high school in 2018 she was worried that her low level of education would not get a decent job. But she was not ready to give up. She therefore visited a local farmers’ organization intent on learning from what they were doing.

Umukunzi discovered that farming was quite costly, but she also learned that mushroom growing was unique as it required little capital to start. “This is where the idea of mushroom farming came from. I met a mother who was cultivating mushrooms and told me all about what is needed to cultivate mushrooms. I realized that it requires little capital to start such a business, on a small size of land. I started my business with Rwf50, 000 as capital,” Umukunzi said.

After getting funding, Umukunzi and the group she gathered rented a small house at Rwf5, 000 in which they cultivated mushroom spores worth Rwf40, 000.

[ Rwf100 = € 0,094 ]


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