Beekeeper working her hives. Photo by E. Redondo.
Thanks to your very generous financial support we were able to successfully deploy our COVID relief, prevention, and vaccination campaign and we are now able to safely resume working with stingless beekeepers in the Maijuna communities! During the last few months, the OnePlanet team and Maijuna beekeepers visited their hives to assess and evaluate their strength and activity. Having endured the pandemic so far, it was time to take a critical look at the bees and take stock. Along with some important lessons learned that will inform our future work, what our team found was that the Maijuna value beekeeping now more than ever and that this year’s harvest has already earned thousands of dollars for Maijuna families!
Despite the challenges of market disruption caused by the pandemic, beekeepers worked to maintain their hives, recognizing their future value to their families. We reviewed hundreds of thriving colonies with golden honey spilling over the edges of their pots; beekeepers were thrilled by the harvest and delighted at their healthy bees. Beekeeping is now an activity that they enthusiastically recommend to their family and friends as a means of earning reliable, sustainable income. For us, this is among the most meaningful indicators that this is a promising investment. The beekeepers we work with look to the bees with hope for their future even in some of the darkest times in memory. We connected with community members who are newly interested in beekeeping after witnessing their neighbors’ success. Experienced Maijuna beekeepers are eager to step into the role as educators to share their knowledge with others. The Maijuna are also excited to advance in their practices and strengthen market connections with support from the OnePlanet team. Onward!
Mid-way through the harvest season, the Maijuna have achieved their most productive honey harvest yet earning over 11,000 soles ($3,000 USD) in honey sales despite the monumental setbacks over the past couple of years presented by the ongoing pandemic. The honey harvest has brought much needed income to Maijuna families just as the Peruvian school year begins and as they continue facing the health and economic instability of the ongoing pandemic.
Your generous donations are truly making a difference in the lives and livelihoods of the Maijuna today and in the future. The Maijuna are earning sustainable income that is helping to support their families as they conserve their ancestral rainforests for future generations.
Thanks again for all your support – stay safe and healthy!
Harvesting honey pots. Photo by E. Redondo.
Husband and wife beekeeping. Photo by E. Redondo.