Help women increase their income with beekeeping

by ASAP Foundation
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Help women increase their income with beekeeping
Honey ready for sale
Honey ready for sale

Between June and end of September it is rainy season in Burkina Faso. 

Not many flowers for the bees to bring polen to the hives. 

Some beekeepers are planning to take honey from the beehives end of October. We beleive that it is not good for the swarm which might have difficulties to feed the pups. If it is the case, the swarm will leave the hives to look elsewhere for more food.

End of October, beginning of October, beekeepers do look at their hives, but only to clean the bars if needed and to also cut the grass around the hives. Hives are placed in the bush and they are often bush fires which would destroy the hives if their surrounding is not clean.

The women takes good care of their hives in contrary to the men. They understand that hives will bring income only if well taken care of.

We have still many women in the villages who are asking us for beehives. Thank you to communicate to your network about their need.

ASAP is 25 years in 2022. We have made a short video about our economical projects, one of them being beekeeping. The link for the video is attached to this report.

Thank you,

Paul labelling the bottles of honey
Paul labelling the bottles of honey
Women from Sipigui
Women from Sipigui

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women from Fon
women from Fon

The honey harvest 2022 took place in April and May. The volume harvested was lower than expected. 

Some of the new hives distributed to the women were installed only at the beginning of the year. Swarms in those hives will be in full production next year.

Another reason is the strong wind at tthe time of flowering of the fruit trees (mango, cashew nuts, shea nuts). Flowers fell and could not be visited by the bees.

The average income per women from the beekeeping activity has increased of 20% despite the lower volume harvested.

The feedback we get from the women is still very positive and they are asking us for more hives. 

This project has many positive points: most of the work for beekeeping is made by the bees, women work is minimum, bees are good for polination, good revenue from the honey sales for the women.

Thank you from your previos help. We count on you to promote this project in your network.

Weighing honey in Fon
Weighing honey in Fon
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Honey 2022
Honey 2022
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Women beekepers from Sissa
Women beekepers from Sissa

Thanks to a project called PADEL Burkina funded by the World Bank, we have been able to secure 1.200 new beehives, from which 600 are for women. Each participant received 15 new hives.

The funding is part cash from the recipients (15%), credit from a local bank (15%) over 3 years and subsidy (70%) from the World bank.

It has not been easy for the women to gather the needed cash to be part of the project.

The hives have altready been distributed and installed in the different villages in January and begiining of February 2022. About 75% have already been occupied by swarm of bees.

Even so the women who have received those new hives have already been trained, the beekeeping technician has provided them with additional training and supervision.

A large part of the sale of this additional honey will used to pay back the loans. But after those 3 years each woman beekeeperwill have a additioanl revenu of close to 200 US$!!!

The women beekeepers are still asking for more hives and new women want to be part of this project.

Thank you if you can help them.

Bees in a new hive
Bees in a new hive
Other women beekeepers from Sissa
Other women beekeepers from Sissa
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women beekeepers
women beekeepers

Thanks to you and other donors we have been able to equip and train 10 women in 2 villages. 

This additional income from the sales of honey produced by the bees is very important for the women. It is mainly used to pay for health care expenses and school fees.

This activity is not hard in comparaison with the other income generating activities made by the women: spending time on the market to sell some items they have produced, transforming shea nuts in shea butter, preparing cashew nuts, .... Bees are doing most of the work.

With the 5 hives each woman will get an income of around US$ 60. May be it does not look very much to you, but this is a lot for the woman.

We have noticed that, like for many things, women are taking better care of their hives than men. They are making sure that the dry grass around them is taken away to avoid that the hive burns via wild fires. They also make sure that termites cannot destroy the wood of the hive. 

There are still many women who have asked us for hives. 

We thank you for your support and hope that you are motivated to communicate around you about this project.

women training
women training
women training 2
women training 2
women theoritical training on beekeeping
women theoritical training on beekeeping

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Women of Sipigui
Women of Sipigui

Honey is harvested in 10 villages from 112 beekeepers (45% are women). It is important to insure a uniform quality of the honey purchased from the beekeepers.

To achieve this we have first a training in the village given the beekeepers some education on beekeeping and on what we expect them to do at time of harvest.

Then we go to each village when the honey is harvested. It is visually check: colour, odour, aspect. It is weighted and water content is controlled using a refractometer. 

The purchased honey is controlled one more time when it comes to our office. It is then processed by batch in which each of the harvested honey from beekeepers is identified for tracibility.

This process and analysis have allowed us to get a national certification called ABnorm.

Revenue from beekeeping is very important for the women. This revenue is used to pay school tuitions, health care expenses.

The fact that it is not an heavy work, that it dooes not require strenght and that the space used for the hives is relatively small makes it a very attractive project for the women.

Help us to get even more hives for women.

Thank you for your continuous help.

Raw honey from Nefrelaye
Raw honey from Nefrelaye
weighing honey in Nefrelaye
weighing honey in Nefrelaye
women from Nefrelaye
women from Nefrelaye
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ASAP Foundation

Location: Naarden, NH - Netherlands
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Twitter: @ASAPBurkinaFaso
Project Leader:
Herve Millet
HUIZEN, NH Netherlands
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