The Liberty Development Foundation (LIDEFO) is a community based organization based in Kasese, Uganda. Established in 2002, it contributes to eradicating poverty and extreme hunger in Kasese District by enhancing income-generating activities; one of which is beekeeping.
The district is well suited to beekeeping, with a natural local bee population and a wide selection of rich nectar sources. An apiary of just three hives can increase a family’s income by around ten per cent. LIDEFO currently has over 750 active members and over 1800 beehives.
One way in which LIDEFO raises money is by welcoming visitors. A day trip includes a visit to an apiary, meeting with a local beekeeper, a tour of the honey processing facility, lunch and a talk about beekeeping in Kasese. This initiative is run by LIDEFO [email: firstname.lastname@example.org]
LIDEFO has experienced beekeepers who support other projects in the region; one of these is the Abughama Self-Help group.
Abughama Self-Help group
The Abughama Self-Help Group is an association of local families near to the town of Hoima in the west of Uganda in the foothills of the Ruwenzori mountains. The group was established to improve the life chances of members through cooperation in different activities including agriculture, disability support and skills training, including the training of masons. The area has abundant forage for honey bees and adequate water.
The project came about following a standard request through our website. The group is close enough to Kasese to employ our experienced and trusted trainers from LIDEFO to deliver the project.
Bees Abroad activities
The project started in mid-2017 with initial training courses, working with 47 people from three villages of whom about half are women. Each person represents a family group of about 10 people. Project participants receive training in basic bee keeping, hive and apiary management and harvesting, and the Bees Abroad project manager in the UK oversees LIDEFO’s work.
Bees Abroad Actions
So far, we have provided thorough initial training, some hives, protective clothing and other essential beekeeping equipment. The initial training was five half hour sessions per group.
Further training and mentoring is planned over two years or until the group is proficient and fully self-sustaining. Once the initial hives are productive, materials for more hives and honey processing equipment will be provided. Honey will be marketed through LIDEFO’s distribution network.
We expect incomes to increase by around 20% making it possible to pay for such things as medicines and education.