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Tulsi’s mushroom business

tulsibudha magar

Program Microenterprise Development Programme (MEDEP)
Tulasi Budha Magar, 42, is a rising entrepreneur in mushroom business. She received the technical skills in a 12-day mushroom farming training organised by the UNDPMicro -enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) in her hometown Tulsipur, Dang district.

As a start up support after the training, MEDEP also provided her a water tank, refrigerator, straw cutter, drum, motor and further trainings in packaging and marketing the mushrooms.

As a result, Tulasi earned a net profit of Rs 110,000 (US$ 1,401) last year, whereas her investment was less than US$ 1,000.

Thanks to her steadily rising profit, she has built a home for herself now. In addition, she has constructed a shed for growing mushroom at a cost of 2 million rupees (US$ 25,477). Her total investment in the enterprise is 15,000 rupees (less than US$ 200).

Through MEDEP’s support, she also been receiving the opportunity to participate in local, regional and national level agricultural expos and trade fairs.


The benefits of mushroom farming are manifold. She has become a known trainer and has trained more than 1000 people.


An active entrepreneur, Tulasi now is the chair of Ganga Mala Agriculture Micro-Entrepreneurs’ Group, Tulasipur Market Centre, vice chair of District Micro-Entrepreneurs’ Groups Association and a member of the National Micro-entrepreneurs’ Groups Association.