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December 2020 Vol. 8 No.12

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Merit Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Soil Science (ISSN: 2350-2274) Vol. 8(12) pp. 189-196, December, 2020

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Original Research Article

Quality of Life of Households Engaged in the Oyster Mushroom Project in Maseru


Nkoko N*. and Keregero K.J.B


Department of Agricultural Extension and Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, National University of Lesotho

*Corresponding Author's Email: nthabelengnkoko@gmail.com

Received: 03 November 2020 
I  Accepted: 21 November 2020  I  Published: 28 December 2020  I  Article ID: MRJASSS-20-042
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This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0.




Quality of life (QOL) is the holistic analysis of human life experiences and can be assessed in terms of psychological well-being, physical health, economic prosperity and social connectedness. This study sought to describe the QOL in terms of living conditions of households engaged in the Oyster mushroom project (HOMP) through the following indicators: household income, access to health services, access to water and access to sanitation. The study adopted a quantitative design and used a question-naire to collect data, which were analysed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The findings indicated that household incomes were unsatisfactory as they were low and unstable. However, there was sufficient access to health services since health care centres were available to the households. The HOMP also had good access to water as the majority had water sources in their yards. Furthermore, their access to sanitation was satisfactory as they mainly used pit latrines and piped systems that are connected to the sewer lines located in the yard. Despite the unsatisfactory household incomes, the QOL of the HOMP in relation to access to health services, access to water and access to sanitation was satisfactory.

Keywords: Health, Household income, Water and sanitation, Quality of life








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