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.
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.
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