The motivational and inspirational story The Mushroom Lady of Uttarakhand.
Today we are feeling proud to let you know about the Mushroom Lady of Uttarakhand. The motivational and inspirational story of Divya Rawat, “The Mushroom Lady. Divya Rawat born in a small village named Chamoli in Uttarakhand. When she was kid she faced a lot of difficulties in her life. At the age of seven she lost her father. Hailing from a small village in Chamoli, Uttarakhand from her childhood she had to face a lot of difficulties. For her undergraduation and Master’s degrees in social work, she came from Uttarakhand to Delhi.
After completing her master, he started a job in a leading NGO. In that NGO she worked on human rights issues. She felt hurt when she saw people from her state living miserable lives in the city. She decided to do something big for the, and the big push came when Uttarakhand was hit by the tragic floods of 2013. She immediately quit her job and went back to Uttarakhand. She made a plan so that people can find employment and lead dignified lives for the people of Uttarakhand.
In Dehradun she came to know about the business of mushroom, and their she learnt the intricacies of it and launched her own mushroom farming. You might know that the mushroom is a cash crop and could be cultivated indoors also, therefore natural calamities cannot effect mushroom. Mushroom cultivation needs less space when compared to others.
To eliminate the need of large spaces and costly metal structures Divya used bamboo racks for vertical cultivation. In Uttarakhand she grew three kind of mushroom i.e Button, Oyster and Milky Mushrooms. The big advantage of these mushrooms is that it can be grown indoors in all seasons and do not require air conditioning. Divya had full family support and her family had faith in her confidence. Divya’s family pooled in the money to help her start Soumya Foods Pvt. Ltd.
By growing mushrooms in large quantity, Divya provided employment to many people. The market demand of mushrooms was high, so Divya had no difficulty in selling her produce. She also provided training to people in mushroom cultivation. It is so effective for a person to start mushroom business with just Rs. 60 in his pocket. Not only the people of Uttarakhand but people from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, and Punjab also learn the business model. She helped people become entrepreneurs with an investment of just Rs. 50,000.
In just three years her company has started making profits. Then she bought about the change in the village of Seriadhar, where people were desperate for livelihoods. People from different areas come to the village to buy mushrooms and learn how to grow mushrooms now. Some migrants are even returning to the village.