I just returned from Peru and am more energized than ever about our stingless beekeeping project given the incredible progress that I observed in Maijuna lands. The biggest surprise was a new meliponario (the name in Spanish for an area with several stingless bee hives) that one of our star Maijuna beekeepers has set up. Duglas (pictured here), the owner of the meliponario, has always been one of our star students but he is really pushing himself to reach new heights. With 30 hives in total, he now owns the largest meliponario in Maijuna lands and has really set the bar for the other Maijuna stingless beekeepers to shoot for.
Over the past 5 months alone, he has harvested and sold 150 2-oz bottles of stingless bee honey. Based on the premium pricing structure that we established with an ecotourism lodge (ExplorNapo Lodge) in the area, this has earned him $450 in total (each 2-oz bottle of honey is worth $3, which is ten times what they would earn on the regional market). Given that the average annual household income in Maijuna lands was only $500 at the start of our project, Duglas has almost doubled his annual income in less than half the year! Duglas and his wife Lesley have a 4-month-old baby and this newfound income is helping them to pay for monthly boat trips for their baby’s medical checkups. This is real sustainable income, helping real people!
Please help us support the other Maijuna beekeepers to reach the heights that Duglas has achieved. New families are looking to join the beekeeping project and funding travel costs to their communities to train and support them is only $250. Any level of support helps and we cannot thank you enough for your continued support!
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