Solidarity by bees

SOLIDARITY BY BEES – RWANDA

…not far from MUHANGA, at Kirengeli – Byimana – Ruhango

 Why this project in Rwanda?

Because of the absence of GMO and the very low usage of pesticides in agriculture, Rwanda has the perfect environment for the bees to produce a 100% natural honey. Even though Rwanda is the perfect place to produce natural and high quality honey, the local people can barely afford to eat honey, since almost all the honey sold there is imported from outside.

By organizing the local resources, we aim to create an ecosystem in which local population can work and improve their living conditions, and can afford eating honey. Honey is a very good nutriment supply for these rural population and can contribute to face malnutrition among the countryside population.

Regarding the figures, the project aims to produce 2 tons of honey yearly, to provide fair paid work to around 15 local people and to generate around $4.000 of yearly net profit, part of which will benefit to local people (more details on the below section “action to local people”).

The project has an economic purpose and wants to be sustainable, but it also has a supportive purpose because it is expected to allocate part of the profits to support the local population .

With your help, the bees will allow many Rwandan children to continue their education.

With your help, the bees will provide a healthy food and treat several Rwandan families.

Thanks to you and with our help, the bees could significantly improve the lives of the poorest Rwandans who live hard, isolated in the countryside!

The project also aims to help protecting the bees worldwide, as part of the profits will be given to bee protection and environment protection funds (such as WSBF, Greenpeace, etc).

This is paradoxical! While in the West, men and pesticides destroy the bees to the point of endangering their sustainability, African bees will work tirelessly to help supporting their European cousins.

Origin of the project

Solidarity by bees… this is a project someone can find unusual..The idea came out when traveling to the countryside, far from Rwanda capital city, Kigali. The country is small, although with over 11 million inhabitants. That is to say that almost every inch of land is inhabited. Rwandan people who live in the countryside are poor and have no way to move themselves out of poverty. They almost never eat meat, their meals are mainly composed of green beans. Children body can barely hide the malnutrition symptoms. Although, despite that fact, Rwandan children always smile at you and comes to your way… difficult to remain indifferent.Bees can work for them by providing enough food. The Rwandan who lives in the countryside cannot afford to buy honey, especially when the honey is imported, as it is mostly the case in Rwanda. Most of the countryside people here earn less than a dollar a day, so they are already glad to be able to eat daily meals. Living from hand to mouth has its full meaning here. Survive first …!

Budget

First step:

We needed $5.000 to start producing natural honey in industrial scale. The budget was used to purchase the bee hives and machines, as well as capturing the bees. All these expenses was directly for the Rwandan community as we used local manufactured beehive and we hired local people. The $5.000 budget was calculated for 25 modern beehives. Any dollar over will be used to increase the number of beehives, and so to increase the quantity of honey harvested. And, the more the honey harvested, the bigger the found raised to help local children and the bees worldwide.

Second step:

Once the first step completed, we decided to take the next step. Indeed, nature and ideal conditions encountered in the country give us everything to make an excellent honey except that the operator is unable to obtain a quality finished product. Honey is poorly filtered, it has a smell of oil equivalent, etc … We will equip us with modern equipment that can guarantee a flawless finished product. In this way, Rwandan beekeepers can come and finalize the transformation of their honey with all the guarantees and to have a flawless product that will easily sell at a better price.
Our budget to achieve this new stage was valued at $ 50,000. This budget includes machines ($ 30,000), construction, installation costs and a vehicle.

Project details and figures

Phase 1: Manufacturing of 50 traditional beehives

Avril 2015. The manufacture of the 50 traditional beehives will be ordered to local artisans to capture swarms of bees. These hives are made of reeds and it only serves to capture the bees. The ability of these hives is very limited in that they can harvest 3 to 4 kg of honey per year (against 40 kg for modern hives)

Phase 2: Manufacturing of 25 modern beehives

May 2015. Each of these modern under roof beehives will be able to receive two swarms of bees from two traditional hives, which will require the sacrifice of one queen. These hives are composed of frames on which the bees will build their cells in which they will deposit the honey. Twice a year, each of these beehives will provide up to 40kg of honey, which makes an annual harvest for the global project to around 2 tons of honey per year.

Phase 3: Purchasing of the extraction machines

September 2015. When the time came, the beehive’s frames will be moved out, the cap that protects the honey will be removed and these frames will be placed in an extractor to get the honey. Only after various filtration and treatment processes, will be able to obtain a guaranteed 100% natural liquid honey.

Phase 4: Marketing of the honey

December 2015. The Honey will be then sold to local businesses but also exported to neighboring countries. This is also the time we will send you the perks.

Action to local people

… and bees, which are the victims of the modern civilization excesses… “save the bees!”

Phase 1: Manufacturing of traditional beehives will be ordered to the local villagers whose will be properly paid for their work (average salary + 10%).

Phase 2 & 3: We will introduce local schools to beekeeping, for free.

We will also initiate the villagers wishing to beekeeping and will offer them five hives per year to 1 of the surrounding villages (and to another one every year). They will be able to collect enough honey for consumption of several families in the village. The beehives modernization in the framework of rural development projects plays a significant role in local economic development.

Fair Trade

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Beyond the fair remuneration of employees and local suppliers of the project (about 10% more than average), we will devote a portion of earnings to finance social actions towards the local population, as follow:

10% of the annual profit will be allocated to finance the education of some children whose parents can not provide the cost of high school.

3% of the annual profit will be given to bee protection and environment protection funds (such as WSBF, Greenpeace, etc), to help protecting the bees worldwide. Here is another paradox … African bees will help western bees, whose are victims of modern civilization’s excesses!