Tulsi’s mushroom business


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Tulasi Budha Magar, 42, is a rising entrepreneur in mushroom business. She received the technical skills in a 12-day mushroom farming training organised by the UNDP Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) in her hometown Tulsipur, Dang district.

As a start up support after the training, MEDEP also provided her a water tank, refrigerator, straw cutter, drum, motor and further trainings in packaging and marketing the mushrooms.  As a result, Tulasi earned a net profit of Rs 110,000 (US$ 1,401) last year, whereas her investment was less than US$ 1,000.

Highlights

  • Since it began, MEDEP has developed over 32,000 micro-entrepreneurs (68% women, 20% Dalits and 67% youth) and created about 37,000 sustainable jobs.
  • The success of MEDEP has let the government to allocate substantial funding to the local government bodies ($3 million in fiscal year 2010/11) to implement the MEDEP model in 45 districts under its new Micro-enterprise Development for Poverty Alleviation Scheme. The government plans to replicate the MEDEP model in all 75 districts of Nepal in five years time

Thanks to her steadily rising profit, she has built a home for herself now. In addition, she has constructed a shed for growing mushroom at a cost of 2 million rupees (US$ 25,477). Her total investment in the enterprise is 15,000 rupees (less than US$ 200). Through MEDEP’s support, she also been receiving the opportunity to participate in local, regional and national level agricultural expos and trade fairs.

The benefits of mushroom farming are manifold. She has become a known trainer and has trained more than 1000 people.

An active entrepreneur, Ganga now is the chair of Ganga Mala Agriculture Micro-Entrepreneurs' Group, Tulasipur Market Centre, vice chair of District Micro-Entrepreneurs' Groups Association and a member of the National Micro-entrepreneurs' Groups Association.