Fresh, healthy, and delicious—enjoy oyster mushrooms from Avviare
Sustainable Livelihood is one of the urgent needs of the residents of Southville 7, a 107-hectare relocation site owned by the National Housing Authority in Calauan, Laguna. Living in Southville 7 are roughly 4,500 families who were displaced by Typhoon Ondoy and the Pasig River Rehabilitation.
In response to this need, Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) and its partners are implementing sustainable livelihood interventions in Southville 7. One such project is the oyster-mushroom-growing enterprise. These mushrooms are lovingly grown under the brand Avviare.
As a sustainable source of livelihood, the mushroom enterprise currently employs two mothers from Southville 7, who take care of the mushrooms daily.
One of these mothers is Aida Acob, 43 years old, who after losing her home at the height of Typhoon Ondoy had to settle in Southville 7 with her husband and four children. Before AFI introduced the oyster-mushroom-growing business, Aida had tried selling kakanin in Southville 7. She soon stopped making and selling the sweet treats once she saw the business opportunity.
“This a big opportunity for us. Growing these mushrooms helps us in our income and supports our families,” said Aida.
Aida harvests about 5 kg of oyster mushrooms daily. To ensure quality and freshness, the mushrooms are nurtured under strictly controlled conditions in special mushroom-growing houses.
To help the mushroom growers reach a wider market, Ayala Foundation is helping the mothers promote Avviare mushrooms in various Ayala companies.
The mushrooms are being sold in 200-gram packs, at PhP80. They are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Here are the locations where you can find Avviare mushrooms:
June 30 to July 4 – BPI Family Bank Canteen
July 7 to July 11 – BPI Head Office Canteen
July 14 to July 18 – Manila Water Head Office
Avviare is the name of the sustainable livelihood community of Southville 7, which will soon be home of more businesses and livelihood opportunities for the residents. AFI envisions to scale the Avviare Mushrooms production and supply the urban areas, restaurants, and grocery stores, and provide mushrooms to every mushroom lover alike.
For more information on Avviare, visit www.facebook.com/AvviareProducts.
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