We are a Tanzanian social enterprise that produces high quality bee products by also preserving the environment and benefiting our communities.
Beekeeping is the fastest and lowest cost way to double household earnings in rural Tanzania that is also socially and environmentally sustainable.
Tanzania has over 2 million traditional artisanal beekeepers, but they suffer from lack of access to modern equipment, training, finance and markets. Tanzanian beekeeping has yet to meet its poverty-alleviating potential.
In fact, a recent study has shown that for every $1 USD invested into an East African honey enterprise there are $15.48 USD in social impact returns.
The benefits of our intervention extend far beyond charity. We aim to demonstrate that Tanzania has the human capacity and the natural resources to sustainably and ethically produce high quality bee products.
We plan to show the government, development banks, exporters, retailers and financiers that investing in rural beekeeping is a win-win economically, socially and environmentally.
We are working to expand our micro finance program, and we have partnered with a Tanzanian parastatal, SIDO (Small Industries Development Organization), as well as other governmental and NGO partners to support our processing and packaging operations and thereby increase access to markets for beekeepers across the region.
-providing a second source of income for rural women
-less labor intensive than traditional beekeeping
-seasonal and part-time, allowing women to manage other responsibilities
-provides economic incentive to not over-exploit forests
-spurs development of related industries (carpentry, sewing, candle making, beauty and pharmaceutical products)
Once we have recruited and adequate number of beekeepers we plan to export our honey to the United States, Europe and Middle East.
Bees are not only a source of honey, wax and propolis (what bees use to seal their hives), but they are also essential pollinators, they help plants have sex to make fruits, vegetables and nuts for us to eat. In fact beekeeping has been shown to increase nearby agricultural yields by up to 300%.
Through the introduction and promotion of modern beekeeping we intend to improve agricultural yields throughout the community. In turn, beekeepers and farmers will both benefit.