Bees for business
BEES FOR BUSINESS
In September 2018 we launched our Bees for Business project which will support 50 women in rural Burkina Faso to become beekeepers and produce honey giving them a year-round, sustainable source of income and enable them to better meet the livelihood needs of their family.
This project will increase the capacity of the Benkadi de Dakoro group, a group of 25 female beekeepers based in the Léraba region of southern Burkina Faso. This group use traditional beekeeping methods to produce honey which significantly impairs both the quantity produced and its quality, lowering its market value. The women earn on average £40 per year each leaving them unable to support themselves and provide the basics for their family including food, primary healthcare and education.
We will increase the size of this group to 50, providing a further 25 women with the opportunity to develop a sustainable business and provide for their family.
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Before joining our Bees for Business project, Abibata relied on seasonal fruit picking to provide for herself and her four children, an activity which only provided an income for three months of the year and left her struggling to meet the basic needs of her family.
“If I or my children become sick we rely on herbal medicine for treatment. We have no access to electricity and rely on torch light at night powered by a solar panel. My children study at night using this torch.”
Since joining Bees for Business, Abibata has learnt new skills including how to safely harvest honey and wax without impairing its quality, how to attract bees into her hives and hive maintenance. With the income Abibata will earn from the sale of honey and wax she will be able to better support her four children.