February 27, 2013

Psalm 105:1-15 [16-41] 42
2 Chronicles 20:1-22
Luke 13:22-31

In some parts of south India, One Great Hour of Sharing could become known as One Great Hour of Sharing Mushrooms! Eating mushrooms only became popular in India about ten years ago and growing them is even more recent than that.  Cultivating mushrooms requires little space, uses waste materials and fodder from a farm, and the main ingredient for growing mushrooms, paddy straw, is readily available in the villages of India. A single woman can earn an income to help provide for herself and women with children can help support their families. Three women from The Center for Working Women who attended an agricultural college training class became mushroom growing trainers in the villages. Because of a grant from One Great Hour of Sharing, students from the Unemployed Young People’s Association (UYPA) are learning the skills they need to join in this new enterprise to earn an income and become more self-reliant.

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