Bee Keeping Project

bee keeping projectThe project will be based in Solongo sub-location, Sabatia district of Western Kenya, a community of approximately 10,000 people. In such rural communities, women are the most burdened with providing health care and sourcing for fuel energy for preparation of food for the family.


This project will harness the great potential of commercial honey production which will empower the community by diversifying and increasing their income, enabling them to have better access to healthcare, better education for children and ability to purchase alternative energy to fuel wood.


The project will also play a big role in environment conservation. Over the last few years, streams that traversed the Sabatia area which provided water and fish have been endangered by indiscriminate felling of indigenous trees for income and fuel wood. This is one of the targets of this project; to enlighten the community to the dangers of neglecting the environment. The project will be self-sustaining with a three-fold purpose to produce honey for health, income generation and to protect the environment.


Initially, we will continue to work with a group of women in the area who already have shown cohesion through making of pottery for income generation. They will have the support and proper training in honey production processes and project management. To upscale production, bee hives will be provided to each member and 100 seedlings will be given to each member of the group to encourage rejuvenation of the river ecology and to provide future suitable environment for more bee hives.


There will be a small scale cottage industry honey processing unit where with the upscale of production, the women will bring their honey for processing and bottling. They will also be encouraged to put some of the money they make back into the purchasing of additional bee hives. Emphasis will be placed on training, monitoring and evaluating on value addition and certification of processes.


Project timeline

June 2013: Pre project logistics preparations of processing roo, purchasing of supplies

July 2013: Community mobilization; identification of trainers; construction of bee hives; acquisition of licenses

August 2013: Identify already existing bee keepers; trainings and publicizing of project in the community

September 2013: Identify the placement of sites and tree planting sites; bee hive placement and planting of trees

October 2013: Processing and marketing of honey from pre-existing hives; training on financial management and project monitoring

November 2013: Processing and marketing of honey from pre-existing hives and monitoring

December 2013: Processing and marketing of honey from pre-existing hives, monitoring and midterm evaluation

January 2014: Processing and marketing of honey from pre-existing hives and monitoring

February 2014: First harvest honey and by products from new bee hives, honey processing, marketing and monitoring

March 2014: Processing and marketing of honey from new and pre-existing hives and monitoring

April 2014: Processing and marketing of honey from new and pre-existing hives and monitoring

May 2014: Final evaluation and report; feedback to community and discussion of way forward

The success of this project will be determined by the completion of trainings, the number of bee hives successfully set-up and the number of members who have initiated honey harvesting.


All of this requires funding - your contribution will highly contribute to the outcome of this project.


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