New Beekeeping Manager, Denis Ochanda
Denis Ochanda, held meeting in Omilling, and asked men help their women even if they are not directly benefiting. He said it's important they help to ensure their success in beekeeping sector. Ochanda has 8 years of experience as a beekeeping trainer in rural setting.
The project was established in 2003 with the aim of promoting beekeeping as income generation activity to alleviate poverty in Onura.
It is governed by a board of 4 and a group has 50 members of female. The organization focuses its work on environment and income generation through the sale of honey.
From 2009 -to-2010, 250 beehives were hung on Onura Hill, and a number of these have been occupied by bee colonies. 1000 liter of honey have been harvested and sold locally.
The 4 groups’ set-up had 200 beneficiaries in total, 50 beehives were distributed to 25 households, and each received 2 units. A startup capital of $1,250 were also loaned to 25 women (each $50), and several honey harvesting equipments purchased and distributed among the groups.
A total of 250 women have been trained on site in beekeeping, book-keeping, marketing, and group management. Unfortunately, the wild bush fires have burned down 65 hives, 22 hives destroyed by termites, and 18 hives destroyed as they were from wrong type of woods. There are 195 hives, and these have been colonized with bees. 163 beehives are still hung around Onura hill.