Chido Govera has committed herself to fighting poverty and malnutrition in the Southern hemisphere of the planet. From her childhood on, after the death of her mother at the age of seven, Chido had to live the hardship of poverty, hunger and abuse. Chido learned from her grandmother how important it is to know about nature and its cycles. She joined her in collecting mushrooms during the rainy season, which were essential to feed the small family. As is the case of most African orphans, her relatives were unable to support their daily struggle for survival.
At the age of 11 she was elected to participate in a fungiculture project financed by ZERI Foundation and realized by the Africa University in Mutare. There she learned how to use agricultural waste to grow mushrooms and provide food for herself, her family and to teach mushroom cultivation to women from India, orphans from Colombia and Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, the Congo, Holland and even students from the US.
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