The ancient Romans believed mushrooms provided their warriors with extra strength and today in Rwanda they are helping modern superwomen like Mediatrice Mukantwari to thrive.
She has learned new farming skills thanks to Oxfam’s partner G7 Enterprises in Kirehe, Rwanda.
The company makes mushroom tubes which are then bought by local women who grow them close to their homes.
As a result of growing, harvesting and selling their mushrooms, women producers like Mediatrice have dramatically increased their income.
They either sell the mushrooms to neighbours or sell them back to G7 Enterprises, who can sell in bulk to restaurants and hotels or further afield.
Mediatrice says: “It’s really important for us as women to be independent in life… I know if I need something for myself I can just sell mushrooms and be independent".
In 2012, 1,513 small-holder women farmers in Rwanda were supported to make a sustainable way of living through greater access to credit, training on new agricultural techniques and new business partnerships between the women and medium–sized enterprises engaged in horticulture.
This project is one of many changing lives for the better around the world.
The Romans believed mushrooms made them strong. At Oxfam, we know what our real strength is – supporters like you who are making amazing things happen every single day.