Changing the lives of low-income families through beekeeping; an impact case study in Laikipia, Kenya
Laikipia County is a ‘hardship area’ of Kenya, where around 49% of people live in poverty. The Bees Abroad project, entitled ‘The Bee Products Enterprise Development Project’ involves over one thousand beekeepers who have either been trained or have increased their skills.
The Bees Abroad project, entitled ‘The Bee Products Enterprise Development Project’ involves over one thousand beekeepers who have either been trained or have increased their skills.
Bees Abroad shares its skills by:
- training women and men how to look after bees, how to extract high-quality honey, and make other hive products
- teaching marketing and selling skills to make products for profit
- advising on how to improve the quality and quantity of the crop yields through improved pollination by the bees
The project ensures that women and men take an equal share in the activities and profits from the project. Special care was taken to include very vulnerable households.
Keeping bees in a remote and inaccessible village in Cameroon: an impact case study
In 2010, Bees Abroad was approached by the Chief of Ote Village – a remote and inaccessible village in Akwaya, in the rainforest area of South West Cameroon. His vision was to find ways for the local communities to diversify their incomes and improve their well-being; particularly to help the children to get more food.
The area is very deprived, mortality is high, and malnutrition among the village children is rife.
The area is home to many young mothers who are desperately disadvantaged. Girls can be married by 11 years; women are pregnant for most of their childbearing years. Upon marriage, girls join their husband’s village and family. If their husband dies or takes a second wife, they are often banished, disinherited, landless and homeless.
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