Beekeeping with Indigenous People in the Amazon

by OnePlanet


This project is training Maijuna indigenous people of the Peruvian Amazon how to raise native stingless bees as a sustainable income source. The Maijuna live in one of the most biologically rich places on Earth and this project provides them with an alternative source of income from other more destructive economic activities such as logging and overhunting. Your support will help to empower the Maijuna to conserve their heavily forested ancestral lands for future generations!

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There are less than 500 Maijuna individuals left living in four villages in the northeastern Peruvian Amazon making them one of the smallest and most endangered indigenous groups in Peru. On average, each Maijuna family earns $500 per year which works out to be less than $2 per day. The Maijuna are searching for sustainable development options and this project will train them to raise native stingless bees so that they can earn a living in an environmentally and socially responsible way.


We are training Maijuna families to raise stingless bees as a sustainable source of income so they can support themselves without damaging their biologically rich forests. Amazonian stingless bees produce a type of honey that is highly valued for its unique taste and medicinal qualities. All of the honey that the Maijuna produce will be easily sold due to strong and constant regional demand. Beekeeping will replace income from environmentally destructive activities like logging and overhunting.

Long-Term Impact

Maijuna men, women, and children from 100 families will be trained to raise stingless bees so that they can earn a sustainable living, ultimately replacing income from logging, overhunting, and other destructive activities. This will help to empower the Maijuna to conserve their heavily forested ancestral lands over the long-term ultimately protecting the incredible biological diversity of this area while simultaneously securing the basis of life and culture for this highly endangered group.



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Location: Burke, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Michael Gilmore
President, OnePlanet
Burke, VA United States
$12,964 raised of $35,000 goal
91 donations
$22,036 to go
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