Our project's activities are still paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The situation in Chiapas has been relatively contained, and our beekeepers are keeping it safe. Nevertheless, Mexico City is still fighting it's thoughest battle yet against the virus, adding up a growing number of people infected and people dying every day. This represents an umbreachable obstacle for our activities, especially because it keeps us from traveling. Fortunately, our field technician has been able to keep contact with some of the groups, and even visit some of them, providing us with enough information to know that they are healthy and preparing for this year's harvest season.
Please be sure that we are doing everything we can to keep the project active, looking forward to the future and hoping everything will be better soon.
We will keep you posted on any changes in our situation. Meanwhile, please take care of yourselve and your loved ones, and wear the mask!
Let's wrap it up! Our 150 beehives are back to where they came from in Chenalhó, Chiapas, safe and sound. After spending almost three months living amongst mango orchards, our productive little beescame back home stronger and healthier!
Athough the mango flowers weren't as juicy as we would've liked (we dealt with a very dry winter), there were also other flowers blooming and our innovative producers were able to harvest +360 kg of honey from this pilot. Many lessons were learned. One of them is that we were one month late in the installation of the hives in the ranchs. Next time, we will be sure to get the funding in time for the beehives to thrive. Other lesson is that, even if the honey production during transhumance was not as generous as we expected, bees definetly benefit from this activity: they are now stronger and healthier than before the trip, and this will result in a higher volume of honey produced during the 'traditional harvest' in the spring.
Although we didn't complete the requested funding amount in Global Giving's platform, the beekeepers got access to a small loan to cover for the remaining expenses. Overall, it vas a very positive and energizing experience for all the people involved! This year, producers from two other coops will try it too, and we are sure the results are going to overwhelm everybody.
Thank you for your support! Without you, this experiment would have been impossible and the beekeepers from Chenalhó wouldn't have had the chance to try new ways to help them exit the poverty circle they're in and thrive as rural entrepreneurs!
See you in September for a new chapter in our journey towards a more inclusive and equal Mexico!
We can´t believe it! That´s what Edgardo, one of the honey producers that moved his beehives told us yesterday. After only 10 days on the mango orchards, the beehives are already producing honey. Mango trees have not yet bloomed but the bees are already producing honey. This means that Edgardo and the other beekeepers will obtain more honey than expected.
Good news travel fast. Antonio, a beekeeper that decided not to move his beehives is now convinced of the benefits of doing so. As he said, “Now I regret not moving my beehives”
So, it looks like, thanks to you, our bet paid off. Beekeepers will obtain a second honey harvest and other beekeepers are already convinced of the benefits of transhumance.
But we still need your support. We still need to fundraise more money to pay for to return the beehives.
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