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.
As mentionned in our last report, this period has been a period for cleaning the hives. A specialist went to all villages and trained the women beekeepers to clean the hives. This is mainly taking out some old wax inside the hives.
To help beekeepers to be better organised, we have helped them to start in each of the village a "SCOOPS": simplified cooperative. This was done in 8 villages, from which 2 are 100% women. In the other villages there is a mix between women and men.
We had to hold information meeting in each village so that they understand the advantages to be united:
possibility of support to each other when needed (specially at time of harvest)
possibility to have some common equipment which they would not be able to afford alone
possibility to better communicate to the outside world about their activities
possibility to apply for funds from larger institutions
Possibility to be stronger in front of customers or suppliers
A UNION of the SCOOPS was also created to bundle them.
It is a lot of work for members and for us, but we believe it is worst it.
Next activity of the beekeepers will be the harvest between end of March and end of April.
Each new hive funded for a woman will bring her a revenue of about 15$ per year. This is a lot of money for her and the bees do the work!!!
The rainy season has just ended and the beekeepers need to go and check on their hives. The rains, the winds might have tilted the hives or taken the roof away.
In order to support the beekeepers we will send our specialist to each villages so that beekeepers can keep on learning. Also he will help them to clean the hives of the old balck honey which is not good for consumption.
Some beekeepers are collecting honey at this time which we are not recommending. Bees need to have some food waiting for the blossom time in January. The honey collected now has a very high water content which makes its conservation difficult.
We have just found out that honey is very good to help to heal cuts.
There are still a lot of women waiting to have hives.
Thank you for your help to divulgate this project.
IT IS HELPING WOMEN TO HAVE MORE REVENUES WITH LITTLE WORK.
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