QSF (Quebec Sans Frontière)Mushroom farming in Kadjebi
Crossroads International, one of Pro-Link’s Canadian partners, facilitates the QSF-Quebecois sans Frontiers (Quebec without Borders) program. The program promotes concrete citizen engagement by enabling young people in Quebec to carry out international solidarity projects,
A group of QSF youth are stationed in a village in Kadjebi, Ghana. Here’s some first-hand commentary about their experiences so far.
“…According to Trudi of Pro-Link, the biggest challenge ahead is at the level of economic empowerment – It is also at this level that the project in which we participate is located.
We work with a group of 30 women farmers and mothers. The group, given the Ewe name Mile Norvishi, was founded August 2017 in order to give economic independence to the women who are participants.
Mile Norvishi’s vision is to succeed in paying the school fees of the children of the women of the group to ensure their education by 2023. In this vision, the constitution wishes the economic independence of women, the autonomy of these, as well as respect and gender equality. By enabling them to work and get involved in a project like this one on mushroom growing, the group provides women with an outdoor opportunity to become more self-reliant. Mile Novishi has several goals and objectives, including the general well-being of its members, respect, and equality. Through economic independence, the group aims to reduce and eventually eliminate the level of poverty among members.
“Through economic independence, the group aims to reduce and eventually eliminate the level of poverty among members.”
This project enables Mile Novishi’s women to improve their agricultural knowledge, improve their mushroom expertise and eventually focus on sales. The women of the group, are divided into four subgroups, in this way they can work 1 day at the project and the other days of the week take care of their daily tasks. Indeed, sometimes they also work on the family farm, they must also take care of food, washing clothes, taking care of children, buying food, transporting water from the well and wood for fire when it is missing at home (on the head, often with a child in the back), among others.”
To follow the journey of the QSF youth program, visit their blog.
Words and photos taken from the QSF blog.