Every time we run a beekeeper training workshop with the Maijuna we always try to do something totally different and unexpected. During our last workshop, we not only taught skills that are critical to improving how the Maijuna manage their stingless beehives but we also had fun by painting shirts with bee designs (pictured here). The Maijuna beekeepers take great pride in their bees and the knowledge that they are learning, and what better way to show that off than by wearing a bee shirt!
During this last weeklong visit to the community, we did more serious work as well. For example, we tested each of the beekeepers theoretical and practical knowledge of beekeeping to date by administering an exam and doing a thorough review of each of their hives. The results of the exam were incredibly encouraging as 75% of the beekeepers met the minimum level of knowledge expected and the management of their hives continues to improve. One of our star Maijuna beekeepers is Duglas (pictured below); he passed his exam with flying colors and his three hives are well-managed and thriving.
Duglas and his family have high hopes for the future with the goal of having over two dozen hives themselves. This would mean a steady stream of sustainable income from honey and other hive products, ultimately boosting his family’s quality of life. Providing a hive of native stingless bees to Duglas or another Maijuna family costs just $50 and is only possible because of the generosity of supporters like you. Thanks so much for your continued support, we couldn’t do it without you!
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