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.
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.
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