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Mushroom Samosas Transforming Kairu's Life :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Mushroom Samosas Transforming Kairu's Life

Keen on experimenting, Doris Kairu, the Managing Director of Bukonte Farm and Cottages Training Center in Lubowa along Kampala-Entebbe road tried mushroom samosas two years ago.
21 Nov 2017 18:15
A woman in Kampala is smiling all the way to the bank from making and selling mushroom samosas. The popular snack, is made from either peas or meat wrapped in wheat sheets and boiled.

Keen on experimenting, Doris Kairu, the Managing Director of Bukonte Farm and Cottages Training Center in Lubowa along Kampala-Entebbe road tried mushroom samosas two years ago. Then she went to a trade fair in Natete, a suburb of Kampala, and the samosas sold out.

Kairu has never looked back, now serving an expanding market including Lubowa, Seguku, Zana, Najjanankumbi and Bunamwaya. Kairu says she saw someone make mushroom samosas and got inspired to do so, and she has never looked back.

She says she is keen on adding value and since she produces mushrooms on her farm, also a training center, mushroom samosas became a perfect match. She boils the mushrooms for 10 minutes and then makes the delicious food.

Daily Kairu makes mushroom samosas worth 30,000 shillings, selling 500 shillings a piece. She says the mushroom samosas provide instant and certain income, which has enabled her to take care of her family of six. 

Thirty seven year old Kairu is married and has four children whom she  able to cater for, including paying school fees.

Kairu says she saves part of the revenues from the samosas and invests the remainder into other side ventures like poultry, rabbit rearing, pancakes, fireless cookers, piggery and crops.

She says her reputation is spreading and she has now been invited by a local Kenyan Church to go and train its members this December.

Kairu appeals to especially young people to go and learn more from her farm and training center in order to better their lives.

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