Women's Sustainable Shelter & Cooperative Mushroom Farm

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Women's Sustainable Shelter & Cooperative Mushroom Farm

Georgetown , GuyanaGeorgetown , Guyana
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Pink mushroom farm and shelter aids victims of domestic violence by providing jobs, work-skill training & rehabilitation in a safe environment. This creates opportunities for survivors to attain financial independence whilst gaining life skills training,education & employment opportunities.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if women in the caribbean could achieve food security ,economic independence and contribute to ending gender inequality?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The problem is that there is only one shelter in guyana serving the entire population of the country and the death toll of victims of DV is rising every day with choppings,hangings,acid attacks and kerosene attacks.Women are unemployed,uneducated and their development is being stifled due to both social,economic and political factors.Gender inequality and homophobia persists and both of these are cultural norms in the Caribbean .

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

hundreds of women ,girls and young people would be able to learn new transferable skills , become more educated. Persons would be able to become financially independent which would lessen the instance of the women going back into potentially violent relationships .The project would provide recent high school , university graduates ,Destitute individuals and other young people with new skills ,opportunities for personal growth and invaluable work experience
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The women’s shelter on the east coast of Demerara in Guyana would be able to properly care for survivors of domestic violence and give them the psychological and counseling support that they need as well as practical educational online courses that will encourage them to reengage with life so that they will be able to be free of violence and abusive situations and become financially stable. Attached to the shelter would be a cooperative women’s mushroom farm where the women and unemployed young people would be able to learn the entire process of mushroom farming on a small scale and be able to work on the farm both on a full and part time basis. The mushrooms grown would be exported and sold to a local market ,hotels and restaurants

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The main beneficiaries of this project would be hundreds of women ,girls and young people who would be able to learn new transferrable skills and become more educated. Because of the massive brain drain and unemployment levels Guyana is facing this project would fill a huge gap for survivors of domestic violence who need to start a new life in a safe and nonthreatening environment free from discrimination and violence .They would also be able to become financially independent which would lessen the instance of the women going back into potentially violent relationships .The project would provide recent high school , university graduates and other young people with new skills ,opportunities for personal growth and invaluable work experience . All of these groups would then have the potential to create small scale farming initiatives in their back yards or communities to feed themselves
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Grants from the Government can be applied for through the Ministry of Agriculture Land is already donated Foreign Grants can be applied for to cover materials to build the shelter and maintain it The mushroom sales will be year round and in turn will be able to look after all the utilities of the shelter ,pay the women and other staff and buy the supplies needed to take care of the women in the shelter

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Mushroom farming has taken off in Africa and Elsewhere in Latin America however for the Caribbean it is not widely practiced except in Dominica. The One shelter in Guyana relies on grants and the government for hand outs to keep going which is unsustainable. The pink mushroom farm will be able to become self sufficient by locally selling and exporting mushrooms.There are no mushroom farms in Guyana. The women will be more empowered than in any other mushroom farm with educational courses in beauty ,interview training .They will also have access to counseling,hiv testing & mental health care

Comments

I am creating the first hybrid women's cooperative mushroom farm in Guyana to promote food security,women's empowerment,domestic violence awareness and education for women and girls in Guyana . I also want to promote new forms of agricultural employment for women in the Caribbean.