Photo: chidogovera.org

Photo: chidogovera.org

Chido Govera, the guest speaker at the 2014 IWCA Breakfast at the SCAA convention, is featured in Coffee Awesome's recent podcast in "Chido Govera: The Future of Hope." 

Chido overcame major obstacles at a young age and became an inspiring activist for women and communities. At age 7, Chido became an orphan and took care of her younger brother and elderly grandmother. At age 11, she became part of the ZERI Foundation where she learned to grow mushrooms, which enabled her to feed both her family and community. Chido eventually designed a new way to cultivate mushrooms from coffee waste, which provided a kind of self-sustaining answer to the problems wrought by poverty, gendered norms, economic immobility, and cultural barriers to self-actualization.

Chido founded the Future of Hope, a nonprofit that focuses on "reach[ing] the “unreached” orphans and build[ing] healthy communities where all children can learn and grow in good health and free from poverty and abuse." 

Listen to Coffee Awesome's podcast that touches on Chido's inspiring story and how she uses her life experiences to help other women and communities.