Chido Govera and the Future of Hope

4 May, 2017

Transforming Communities Mushroom by Mushroom

She was orphaned at the age of seven, dropped out of school when she was nine and at just ten years old was encouraged to marry a man in his late 30’s.

But the young Zimbabwean girl, Chido Govera, had other ideas.

Being trained in how to cultivate mushrooms quickly transformed Chido’s life, her family’s future and spread to surrounding villages.

Chido Govera now travels the world, delivering her messages of hope and environmental empowerment in diverse communities.

Chido and her two daughters Peseverence (left) and Anna. Image: OurMob

She spoke at the NSW Aboriginal Land Council recently about growing mushrooms, a big picture of economic development and thinking “outside the box”.

Acting Deputy CEO Yuseph Dean, Chido Govera, Cr Craig Cromelin. Image: OurMob

OurMob will speak in depth with Chido in our next edition.

Please click below for Chido Govera’s talk at the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, May 2 2017.


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.