Support People and Bees in Ethiopia this Christmas
Since 2012 our Beekeeping Centre in Ethiopia has trained 390 women and men to help them keep bees as a family business. We are now raising funds to expand this work.
When families don't earn enough their children are sent out to work instead of to school. Please donate what you can to help us reach more people and to keep children in school - through beekeeping.
In 2015 we aim to train 150 families and 4 youth groups in beekeeping. We will introduce beekeeping skills to the poorest families who have little land. The bees will feed on flowers growing on other people's land!
Newly trained beekeepers enjoyed an excellent honey harvest in December. The market for honey and beeswax is growing in Ethiopia and selling is profitable. A little is saved a tasty treat for the family.
Thank you for helping People and Bees in Ethiopia.
How your donation helps
£10 helps a youth group in Ethiopia to raise trees to provide nectar and pollen for their bees
£20 pays for a new beekeeper to attend a training course on hive-making
£60 pays for the resources for a trainer to do their job
£200 supports one person during the two years it takes to become a successful and profitable beekeeper
£350 helps a community to access equipment and resources needed to increase honey yields
Images by Bees for Development Ethiopia 2014
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Your donation will help us to train beekeepers in Ethiopia
and create a sustainable income for families and communities
We have established a beekeeping center in Amhara, Ethiopia. We train chronically poor people to create an income from beekeeping. So far the center has been a huge success - raising annual incomes by an average 42% in their first year - just through helping people to harvest and sell honey and beeswax. We need your support to enable us to continue with this work - we are changing peoples' lives by enabling them to buy food and medicines for their families.
Why is this work needed?
43% of families in Amhara are chronically poor. Most earn around $290 in an entire year. Generations of Ethiopians are trapped in poverty.
Beekeeping works for them because it is cheap, sustainable and does not use cultivated land or expensive resources. Bees feed themselves from flowering plants and can be kept almost anywhere, even where other forms of agriculture are almost impossible.
How does our project solve this problem?
We give participants the means and skills to produce an average of 70kg of honey per year. This will sell for $130. Our solution combines beekeeping training and business advice on how to access the best markets. On average it costs us $300 to support one person during the two years it takes to become a successful, profitable and confident beekeeper.
Potential long term impact of this project
The skills that people learn during this time are the first steps in escaping from poverty. Local culture is to share skills with friends and family, so the work we do reaches the wider community. Our sustainable approach helps to ensure healthy bee populations that yield more honey and beeswax for sale and also pollinate food crops and other nearby flowering plants and trees. This is important for maintaining local biodiversity.
Please help if you can.