Las Diez Rosas checking on their hives
Bees are abuzz here in Guatemala. For our partner beekeeping groups, the honey harvest has been underway these last three months. Now, Aj Tikonel Kab and Las Diez Rosas, the two beekeeping groups, are bottling and processing the honey. But the honey harvest is not over -- with the rainy season, there is a new flowering of plants. So at the beginning of June, the groups will harvest honey once again.
For Las Diez Rosas (the ten roses), our newest group of ten women, our Pueblo a Pueblo team began helping with the beekeepers’ marketing and branding in May. Working with the group, we created a new logo and label for their honey bottles, which displays ten rosas -- staying true to the meaning of their name. Las Diez Rosas will soon begin to sell their honey at markets and businesses throughout the municipality of Huehuetenango.
Once the upcoming harvest in June is over, Las Diez Rosas plans to “add more beehives to their apiaries,” Ana Cabrera, our Beekeeping Project Manager, explained. Working with Genaro Simalaj, our Beekeeping Technician, the group will eventually double the size of their apiaries. This means that the group can “produce more honey, and soon more bottles will be sold!” Ana added.
We’re excited to see the new jars of honey from Las Diez Rosas, and to see their apiary grow!
The current apiary size, before the expansion
Las Diez Rosas collecting and processing honey