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
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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woman fon

Good news! The French Agence pour les Microts Projets has agreed to fund 30 new women with 5 beehives and associated equipment each. The equipment will be delivered to the women end of April.

This will bring the total women with beehives to 90. This means that now we have 57% women in our program.

We are pleased for them but they are many other women who wish to also increase their income from selling honey to improve the situation of their families.

With the 5 hives each woman can earn up 60 US$ per year from the sale of the honey.

In the villages some of the beekeepers have started the harvest of the honey. Those who have already started their harvest are reporting promising volume of honey. We will come back to you with more information on this year harvest in our next report.

Beekeeping is not too difficult to be done by women: most of the work is made by the bees. It does not require land (own by the men) and it bring an extra income to the women who will use it for health and educatioin expenses of their families.

An investment of 100 US$ for one hive will bring 12 US$ per year to a woman.

With the 12 US$ a woman in the village can pay for the school fees for 2 children or pay for medecine for one year for medication malaria for one children or buy 50kg of corn or 25 kg of rice.

 Make sure you communicate about this project to your network. 

Thank you.

Carrying hives home
Carrying hives home
women sissa 1
women sissa 1
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woman beekeeper

Some good news about women beekeeping in our villages. A French institution just approved the funding of 30 new women in the program of beekeeping.

The beekeepers are organised in cooperative in each village. In total there will be 68 men beekeepers and 110 women after this addition.

We have also to mentionned that the project PADEL B should provide an additional 1.000 hives to those cooperative, 600 of them for the women.

The enthousiasm of the women is really motivating us to keep looking for additional funds for the women.

It is only since 3 years that the first women were equipped with hives but they have seen all the advantages of this activity.

- it is not in competition with other activities relative to time

- It is bringing an annual revenue of about 60 us$ without too much work

- they have honey for the family needed by tradition

GlobalGiving is having a "donors drive" between the 14 and 18 of December. For all recurring donations of at least 4 times, GlobalGiving will give a bonus of the first donation up to 200 US$.

Thank you for your support and the women beekeepers joign us to wish you an happy and healty 2021.

women beekeepers
women beekeepers
beekeeper with baby
beekeeper with baby

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women with protection suit

Thanks to your donation and other donors we have been able to equip 20 women with beehives and associated equipment.

The women are from 3 villages Fon, Sipigui and Sissa in Burkina Faso. A tarining of 2 days was held in each village.

Theoretical training (one day):

  • What is a bee
  • What is a swarm
  • The beekeeping calendar in Burkina
  • Live inside a hive
  • Harvesting technic

Practical training (one day):

  • Smoking of the beehive to attract swarm
  • Preparing the bars with melted wax
  • Usage of protecting suit and the smoker for harvest
  • Positioning of the beehive
  • Maintenance of the beehive
  • Control of the hives during the year

Expected results in the future:

  • Additional revenue of around 55 US$ per year per women with a minimum of work (April 2021)
  • Better pollination o the fruit trees in the villages

Between September 14th and 18th Glaobal Giving gives a bonus of 50% on all donation up to $US$.

It might be a good time to donate and to communicate this projects to your network.

The link is: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-women-increase-their-income-with-beekeeping/

The women of Burkina Faso thank you.

Beehives given in Sissa
Beehives given in Sissa
Beehives given in Sipigui
Beehives given in Sipigui
Beehives given in Fon
Beehives given in Fon
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Women from Nefrelaye
Women from Nefrelaye

COVID 19 did not reach the villages where we have the nbeekeeping project as far as we know. The health care system in rural area of Burkina Faso is very limited and to detect COVID 19 at this level is almost impossible.

However all roads to major cities were closed for 6 weeks and the collect of the harvest of honey was not easy.

The 2020 honey harvest was marginely better than in 2019. The best results came from the village of Nefrelaye were some women got 13kg of honet per hive. The average from the 68 women in the beekeeping project was 6kg of honey per hive.

For the more performant beekeeper it brings her 100 US$ of revenue with 5 hives and on average women got 50 US$ of revenue.

This revenue is very important for the women specially now. Most of the revenue generating activities of the women are linked with markets. Those were closed for 8 weeks making it difficult for the women to pay for essential services such as health expenses.

With those resuklts we are very much encouraged to keep looking for more funding for beehives for women.

Help us communicate about this project to your network. It costs you only a bit of time and it might help additional women in rural area of Burkina Faso to acquire hives.

Thank you for your time.

Women of Sipigui
Women of Sipigui
Harvested honey
Harvested honey
Women of Sissa
Women of Sissa
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wild swarm
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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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