Project Launch: 10-9-19
The Tisange Association, a community-based organization in Malawi, plans to expand their mushroom spawn production business. With this World Connect grant, the association will upgrade their laboratory and construct an ablution block to improve the quality of their products. The refurbishment will include fitting the laboratory with a ceiling, windows, a sink for hand washing, painted walls, and a storage room. With higher quality spawn, the association expects to expand their customer base. The project will also enable the association to produce new strains of spawn and oyster mushrooms with a longer shelf life, thus expanding their product line and contributing to the sustainability of their business.
Project Update: 1-31-20
Tisange Association has completed the renovation of an ablution block and upgrading the already constructed laboratory by adding a ceiling, windows with steel frames and glass, a sink for hand washing and a store room and a block with two separate sections for male and female toilets and urinals as planned. Additionally, the fence has also been erected to prevent encroachers from entering the compound. Plastering, painting and drainage system are what remains to have the building fully completed. This development will enable Tisange Association produce mushrooms during the entirety of the year and will allow double cultivation in the mushroom houses with almost no additional heating needed in the winter months. Also, the finalization of this project will allow the Tisange Association to be certified by the Malawi Bureau Of Standards as it makes the building meet required standards. The project is expected to be fully completed by March 30, 2020