Community Beekeeping and Business Training
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In order to address several community needs, including land infertility, low to nonexistent incomes, and poor medical treatment, this Beekeeping and Business Training project was born. The local group at the head of this project wanted to find a way to generate income and diminish poverty in the village. Beekeeping was chosen as an activity that would achieve this goal, while also complementing the current practice of medicinal plant production. Not only will the sale of honey increase the incomes of those involved, but the trees planted and used to provide nectar to the hives will increase the soil fertility of currently unproductive land.
As part of the project, 12 members of a local group will be equipped with all materials necessary to construct and manage hives and hive sites, harvest honey, and transform it into a marketable product. The group will receive technical training in skills related to beekeeping and agroforestry, and business training that will aid in income generation. This business training will include the design of a business plan to integrate the group’s medicinal plant production and marketing with that of the honey.
Not only will this project have a direct impact on the participants and their families, but also on the village as a whole. Having 12 trained and practicing beekeepers in the village will encourage others to follow suit. The business, marketing, and bookkeeping skills they learn will be transferred to others in the community. The projected increase in income of the 12 members will have a positive impact on the whole community. Lastly, having natural honey available in village will help those who wish to utilize it for its medicinal properties.