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Sep 11, 2017

Bees in trees in Ethiopia

Beehives are located in trees to attract swarms
Beehives are located in trees to attract swarms

One of the great things about beekeeping is that unlike other forms of livestock, bees can sometimes be obtained for free. If you are lucky! Simple cylinders made of bamboo are made and placed in trees, to attract wild swarms. Once the bees enter, the beekeeper retrieves the bees and places them in an apiary. In Derbanta, in our project site in Ethiopia, young people who have learned beekeeping from Bees for Development are, "rushing to catch bees", according to the local Development Agent. Thanks to the training provided by Bees for Development, and funded by you, young people now understand the value of honey and beeswax and know how to build their beekeeping businesses. The income they earn helps them build a livelihood - that will sustain them for years to come. 

Thank you for your support.

Emmanuel plants trees to feed his bees
Emmanuel plants trees to feed his bees
Jun 6, 2017

The future looks bright, with bees

Hives can be made locally, ensuring sustainability
Hives can be made locally, ensuring sustainability

Angouch has been taught how to keep bees and make top-bar hives by Bees for Development. Since the training she has not looked back.

“Beekeeping is a really beneficial activity. I have learned how to make my own bee hives. I have also learned how to harvest mature honeycomb only and maintain the quality by not crushing the honeycombs. We can harvest and sell clean honey – this is something that's very rare locally. It means more money for the family.”

Angouch’s future plans are to expand her current apiary, increasing the number of hives and the volume of honey produced. The extra money that she and her husband have been able to generate by selling honey means that they no longer have to rely on credit to purchase their fertiliser – “now, we buy it with cash,” she says, proudly.

Thank you for helping Angouch, and others like her. Your support is making a real difference.

Education and information provides lasting change
Education and information provides lasting change
Honey harvested, income earned
Honey harvested, income earned
Mar 8, 2017

Giving the gift of bees

Bee colonies provided to project beneficiaries
Bee colonies provided to project beneficiaries

Thank you for your help which is enabling us to train young women and men to keep bees in Amhara, Ethiopia. In these images you will see a training course underway. One aspect of the training covers how to multiply bees so the new beekeepers can gradually expand their apiary, another part is about beehive making.  Bees are purchased locally from existing beekeepers and we provide one colony to each of the new beekeepers. The bees are transported in local hives - as seen in the image, and covered in cloth to stop the bees from escaping.

One of the young men on the course said, "I am excited to own my own bees for the first time. I can see that this will be a good business for me. I know that honey fetches high prices".

Beekeeping training underway
Beekeeping training underway
New beehives made after the training, with bees
New beehives made after the training, with bees
 
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