Bees Abroad Blog

The latest from our project managers and other volunteers

Beekeepers for Life is a Bees Abroad membership initiative working to empower women, to  earn a sustainable income, through beekeeping. From just £3 a month, you can help educate, train and support women to become skilled beekeepers, trainers, community leaders, and entrepreneurs. Become a Beekeeper for Life member before 31st January, for a chance to … Continue reading Help to empower women and create Beekeepers for Life

What is your favourite honey recipe? To celebrate our Beekeepers for Life Big Give Christmas Challenge, we are offering you a chance to win a Lunchbag designed by Poppy Treffry. How to enter Share your favourite recipe using honey on Facebook and Instagram and tag #beesabroad Or email your recipe to us here. For an … Continue reading It’s time to enter the big Honey Christmas Draw

Afuape is a Beekeeper for Life from the Abotokio Slow Food Beekeeping Community Women’s Group in Nigeria. Meet Afuape Fadilat Abosede, a Beekeeper for Life from the Abotokio Slow Food Beekeeping Community Women’s Group in Nigeria. Afuape was struggling to provide for her three children after trying various means of generating income. As she was … Continue reading Meet Afuape Fadilat Abosede, a Beekeeper for Life in Nigeria

Jikomboe Group, Nyamcolechiwa, Kome Island, Tanzania This week, as part of our “Meet the Beekeeper” series we would like you to meet Anastazia Charles, from the Jikomboe Women’s Beekeeping group in Tanzania. Anastazia lives in the small village of Nyamkolechiwa on Kome Island, on Lake Victoria. “The women didn’t have any knowledge of beekeeping and … Continue reading Meet Anastazia Charles – she is one of our Beekeepers for Life in Tanzania

Jostina is the first of our featured beekeepers in our Meet The Beekeeper series highlighting the incredible impact achieved by the Beekeepers For Life programmes. “Bees are money, food, medicine and they increase our crop yield.” Visit our Big Give Campaign page Jostina lives on the slopes of Kasebere village in Kasese District in western … Continue reading Meet Jostina Biira! She is one of our Beekeepers for Life from the KITE group in Uganda.

Turning Women Farmers into Beekeepers Before 2020, there had not been a beekeeping project solely targeting women in Dowa around Kongwe Forest Reserve. As such, the Dowa Women Beekeeping Project by ICAD with support from Bees Abroad, has enabled women to take up beekeeping as a supplementary means of improving their livelihoods. The project comes … Continue reading Dowa Women Beekeeping Project – Malawi

Meet Merioth (in blue above) showcasing her value added hive products. Merioth trained in ‘value added products’ at the Nairobi Beekeeping Institute and through the mentoring of Bees Abroad Merioth now shares her expertise – training community groups in Kenya in ‘hive value addition’. Merioth has her own honey business, ‘Nomo’, that sells honey, hive … Continue reading Meet Merioth – Kenyan Honey Entrepreneur and Consultant

Grace buys honey in bulk from beekeepers in the surrounding villages. Her shop is in the central market area of Kasese. Old Shoe Lane sounds quaint….vendors are lined up outside selling second hand shoes. Honey is carried often for many hours starting before dawn to avoid the heat of the day. On arrival beekeepers take … Continue reading Meet Grace – Honey Shop Entrepreneur

Covid19 hasn’t stopped beekeeping activity for the Jireh Women Beekeepers in Kisoro Uganda. They have been busy painting their Bee Haven where they store shared beekeeping equipment such as protective clothing and honey buckets. They use a local design of hive made from wicker covered in mud and dung, it’s just like wattle and daub. … Continue reading The Traditional Hives of the Jireh Women, Uganda

Meet Muhindo looking after her hives in the Kinyamaseke Youth Apiary At Bees Abroad we are always heartened to hear of the exciting progress made as our participants acquire the skills to be Beekeepers For Life. This letter from Nzagale, the Executive Director of Kinyamaseke Youth in Development – Uganda, demonstrates the fierce pride our … Continue reading Meet Muhindo – Dynamic Young Beekeeper

A Great Start for 26 Rural Women Attending Their First Beekeeping Training Seminar! Bees Abroad’s latest Beekeepers For Life project is on Kome, an island of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. When the community of Nyamkolechiwa asked our partner, Emmanuel International, for help to start a beekeeping project, this was an amazing opportunity for Bees Abroad … Continue reading Kome Island – Exciting First Steps For Our Newest Project

In discussing the skincare products they make the exchange took an unexpected turn. “Before my husband did not appreciate my face – now he finds me very attractive. He will even look after my shop so that I have time to prepare for cooperative meetings..” Another lady commented “When we’re not looking the men use … Continue reading Masai Women’s Cooperative, Kenya.. Seeing the Funny Side of Beekeeping For Life