Orphaned at 7 years old, Chido began mushroom farming at the age of 11 years. She received advanced training in a university laboratory from 12 to 16 years. From 16 to 20 caught up with high school studies and continued learning how to farm, preserve and sell mushrooms. At the age of 20 left the formal education system to engage in the more challenging and fulfilling work with village women and young orphans teaching practical skills to respond to basic needs for water, food and health.

Backed by the ZERI Foundation, she has designed and implemented training programs to start up mushroom farming. Over the years, as a young professional, she has reached out to over 1 000 women in communities in Zimbabwe, Congo, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania and South Africa, as well as schools and communities in the US and Europe.

The simplified sustainable mushroom farming method provides food security through converting organic waste into food, motivating people to take on entrepreneurial opportunities for both the developed and developing parts of the world.

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