Honey Making Money
Human Dev Index:#146 (Aus #5)
Our partners seek to support impoverished and marginalized rural communities in Zimbabwe. The project started in Chimanimani in eastern Zimbabwe where a bee-keeping pilot project was established in a rural village. The project is now ready to be expanded into three other villages. A model apiary has also been established in Rusape which will be used as a training and research centre. The aim of the project is to alleviate poverty through economically empowering beneficiaries to engage in beekeeping as a sustainable, income-generating activity that will also improve the environment.
Why support this
This project is with a new grassroots partner in struggling Zimbabwe. We appreciate their hearts for the poor and for the great progress they have made to date since 2016. We like their business-like and considered approach to finding sustainable solutions for communities. We appreciate that they conducted a pilot program and are a flexible and willing to continually improve outcomes.
$22,000 for year 1 of a 3yr project. Total Budget $58,000.
- Since 2000, Zimbabwe has faced a myriad of political challenges which has severely affected the economy.
- This has led to the devaluation of the local currency and high unemployment levels currently estimated at over 85%.
- Rural farmers have traditionally been dependent on subsistence farming.
- However, many are struggling to produce enough to feed themselves and for those who have little to sell, they struggle to get a fair market for their produce.
Expected Life Change
- Income-generating skills will provide a sustainable income for participants to help support themselves and their families and will provide avenues into better education, health and community living
- People will feel empowered through learning practical skills and business training
- Villagers will understand and see the benefits of looking after the environment
- Villagers will learn to work together through the formation of cooperatives
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