Building second stories for the beehives
It is honey harvest time in Guatemala! Beekeeping cooperatives in the San Lucas Toliman communities of Panimaquip, Pampojila, and Totolya have harvested three times since mid-December. These groups are phased out of Pueblo a Pueblo’s Beekeeping Project, which means that they are now independently running cooperatives and our role is to provide technical support when needed. Their honey will be sold in different restaurants and stores throughout San Lucas Toliman.
Meanwhile, the cooperative Las Diez Rosas (The Ten Roses) in Huehuetenango is entering their second year of the Beekeeping Project. Genaro, Pueblo a Pueblo’s Beekeeping Technician, traveled north to visit the cooperative and lead a workshop in the apiaries. “During the training we worked on the beehives to add a ‘second story’. This way, the bees have more space to make honey, and the cooperatives are able to harvest greater amounts,” Genaro explained.
Las Diez Rosas harvested 40-lbs in January, and they have packaged some of the honey into jars to sell to Coopesqui, a coffee cooperative in Huehuetenango. Las Diez Rosas will be harvesting again in April and May, which means more honey to sell! Through beekeeping, this cooperative of ten women is diversifying their sources of income and strengthening their economic security!
Bees are abuzz for Las Diez Rosas!
Las Diez Rosas in the apiaries