Meepza works for the empowerment of Rural Women in Colombia, training them and providing them with tools to achieve development based on local biodiversity. Generating a symbiotic relationship with their environment, the Tropical Dry Forest, which leads them to see it as a resource and become leaders, caretakers and guardians of it. Through agro-environmental alternatives such as beekeeping, implementing 24 hives in the same number of families and restoring the BsT with species of bee flora.
In Colombia there are 23.3 million women, equivalent to 51.8% of the population; 5.2 million are rural women, of whom 20% live in extreme poverty, 40% have no monetary income and the other 40% have low income. 92% of rural women have unpaid care work. With the Covid-19 pandemic, all the work achieved in the empowerment of women, went back approximately a decade. Our challenge is to generate an opportunity for paid work, which can be done in the times that your housework and care allow.
We are implementing beekeeping as a conservation strategy that generates an economic return. With this we would achieve the empowerment that we seek in Rural women and a symbiotic relationship with the environment, which would give us an impact of triple economic, environmental and social account. Beekeeping is an option for generating economic resources that can be developed without the need to meet a specific schedule, which would allow them to fulfill their other tasks.
Through beekeeping that includes the natural pollination process, the recovery of native ecosystems is achieved, which are fundamental in the sustainability of this activity and the food security of families. This allows Women to see it as a more attractive activity, therefore ensuring its long-term sustainability.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).