Mushrooms Make A Difference in Sabah

At Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, we love productive multitasking. We love multitasking even more when it involves procuring fresh local ingredients for our restaurants while engaging with and benefiting our local communities.

Since 2012, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu has partnered with Wallace Shelter, Tuaran, a facility that offers housing and employment opportunities for people with visual impairments. The five-acre center includes housing for its 40 to 60 residents and work on site, including a micro-scale mushroom house.

Since the partnership began, the resort has committed to purchasing oyster mushrooms from the farmers as part of the group-wide Rooted in Nature program. In 2014, the resort purchased 267.4 kilograms (almost 600 pounds) of oyster mushrooms. The delicious mushrooms can be enjoyed in restaurants throughout the resort.

The Wallace Shelter, Tuaran is part of the Sabah Society for the Blind, which helps those with little or no sight optimize their opportunities by providing specialist staff, information and resources to meet individual needs. With the help of the Sabah Society for the Blind, the Wallace Shelter, Tuaran can provide housing for many with visual impairments, including families, and provide jobs as farmers in the mushroom house, and in basket weaving and reflexology.

After two years of successful partnership, we look forward to many more years of working with those at the Wallace Shelter, Tuaran.