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Kasese Cluster

Project Goals

The project is for 4 women’s groups in the Kasese Region. For all the goal is empowerment through knowledge, increased spending power and collaboration.

How will we achieve these goals

Apart for the training and equipment we usually provide this project was conceived such that the 4 groups might learn from each other by sharing their experiences as their projects progress. Each group has a smartphone and share through a WhatsApp group with a UK Partnership Manager encouraging dialogue. COVID limited the early planned physical meetings but a successful full day gathering of representatives took place in February 2023.

Challenges Faced by Community

Women seek empowerment and beekeeping is an increasingly popular way to go about it. Women spend the income from beekeeping on their families which they say men don’t do enough. Women set up table banking groups in part to avid the duty to give their income to their husbands. The banking group hols the funds and decides how to use them which is often in the form of short term loans. Women are at home so they can attend to their hives and women make excellent beekeepers because they handle their bees gentle which men all too often do not.

TICODE Integrated Beekeeping for Economic Empowerment

Project Goals

The group express a desire for empowerment. We expect impacts of the project to be:

• Improved crop pollination and thus yield.

• Improved health from consumption of own honey.

• New skills learnt.

• Greater gender equality, because there are more men than women in the group.

• More environmental awareness and protection as members advocate for their bees.

• Improved education because this is the favourite use of income generated.

• Improved agricultural diversity because this s another favourite use of income generated e.g. buying pigs and goats.

How will we achieve these goals

Bees Abroad through LIDEFO will fund:

• Initial and ongoing class room style training

• Practical on-site support and guidance by the LIDEFO Field Officer

• Remote support

• Oversight and periodic visits by the Director of LIDEFO.

• 125 bee hives.

• 20 sets of protective clothing

• Other minor items of beekeeping equipment All inputs will be sourced locally so that participants can replace and add to their beekeeping equipment after the project ends.

Challenges Faced by Community

They are predominantly subsistence farmers drawn for a rural community who in common with many many others in Uganda, where government support is not an option, choose to look to each other for support. Their environment is well suited to beekeeping. Although very hot It is equatorial with good rainfall during the two annual rainy seasons and good mixed ground cover to provide sources of nectar for bees.

Group of students sitting in a circle in bright coloured outfits, being taught

We believe that, economic growth on its own does not change lives – but investing in the resilience and market participation of small-scale producers can make a lasting difference.

LIDEFO UNBS

Project Goals

We are supporting our long term delivery partner LIDEFO (lidefouganda.org) to become self-sufficient by increasing sales of honey to a wider market. We plan hope to transform them into a Social Enterprise supporting Beekeeping & Beekeepers in the Kaese Region of Uganda.

How will we achieve these goals

Certification of their honey by the UNBS (Uganda National Bureau of Standards) is a key step on their journey. Selling honey without it leavs retail outles open to presecution.

Challenges Faced by Community

The journey to achieve certification is going well but the requirements have been tricky to establish in advance of the inspections by the UNBS inspection team.

Anasi Farmers

Project Goals

Beekeeping will support their mission which is to empower rural communities, especially women, with sills and knowledge to reduce poverty, end malnutrition and increase women’s voices and agency.

How will we achieve these goals

Our local project delivery partner will provide training and field support to 25 members, each representing a household. They will receive hives and all essential beekeeping equipment. We will monitor progress and provide ongoing mentoring and further training until they are competent beekeepers which usually takes around 3 years. We will give particular support to Anita the group leader who has a degree in community development in the hope that she will train others in the future.

Challenges Faced by Community
Anasi Farmers Association (https://anasifarmers.org/) was started to give knowledge to the poor rural women to enable them fight illiteracy and start income generating projects to earn a living. ‘Women in our area have suffered suppression and violence since they are too dependent on men which has let them face a lot of challenges in their daily lives’.
 
A contributor to poverty in the area is the lack of good agricultural skills leading to poor crop production. They cannot afford high nutritional value foods like meat, milk or fish. Many people who live along the boundaries of the preserved areas of the game parks and forest reserves turn to poaching as their source of meat and income.

Rita has a degree in community development and has just received her BBKA Certificate

Road Barrier Widows

Thank you for your kind heart to support the widows. The women are happy to receive the support especially the training and the 2 sets of protective gear. You have given the widows hope for the education of their children. May God bless you, Joyce

Project Goals
In its application for support the group expressed their aims and objectives as:
• Equip women with practical skill on bee keeping and demonstration alternative income generating for poor women owning small land
• Teach women viable options of increasing their incomes as well as household.
• To help women and children to identify income generating activities which will enable them to reduce poverty in their homes
• To establish and support beekeeping as an alternative local farming enterprise that will create employment while saving the environment
 
How will we achieve these goals
·   Bees Abroad through LIDEFO will fund:
• Initial and ongoing class room style training
• Practical on-site support and guidance by the LIDEFO Field Officer
• Remote support
• Oversight and periodic visits by the Director of LIDEFO.
• 100 bee hives.
• 12 sets of protective clothing
• Other minor items of beekeeping equipment
All inputs will be sourced locally so that participants can replace and add to their beekeeping equipment after the project ends.
 
Challenges Faced by Community

The ‘Road Barrier Widows’ is a group of 32 women who face several challenges that come with the loss of their husbands. Firstly, their income potential is significantly reduced, leaving them economically vulnerable. Secondly, traditional Ugandan households depend on the labour of both spouses both for childcare and to tend their smallholdings, and with the loss of their husbands, this crucial support is lost. Lastly, being a widow in Uganda carries a social stigma due to cultural beliefs and societal norms, which can further compound the challenges faced by these resilient women.

Biringo

Project Goals

This is a foundation project delivered through a new trainer to a group based in a new geographic area (Southwestern Uganda) for Bees Abroad. We will train and support 45 women in the Biringo Women Development Agency (BIWODA) in bee-keeping so that they can become self-sustainable in this practise and earn additional income to support education, community development and housing

How will we achieve these goals

We will support the women to learn to keep bees effectively and healthily; then support them in learning to harvest honey, selling this through local markets and making other hive products. We would like this group to be entirely self-sufficient over time – including building and making their own bee-hives, suits and other equipment

Challenges Faced by Community
Anasi Farmers Association (https://anasifarmers.org/) was started to give knowledge to the poor rural women to enable them fight illiteracy and start income generating projects to earn a living. ‘Women in our area have suffered suppression and violence since they are too dependent on men which has let them face a lot of challenges in their daily lives’.
 
A contributor to poverty in the area is the lack of good agricultural skills leading to poor crop production. They cannot afford high nutritional value foods like meat, milk or fish. Many people who live along the boundaries of the preserved areas of the game parks and forest reserves turn to poaching as their source of meat and income.
Group of Biringo Women training.

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