The Bee Effect supports programs and projects that are geared to increasing beekeeper numbers and expanding the art and love of producing honey.
African Honey Bee, based in South Africa, operates a Honeybee Guardians program, which creates a mutually beneficial relationship between the bees and the guardians. The guardians take care of the bees, and the bees provide a source of income through the production of honey and beeswax.
The programs are implemented with families in severely disadvantaged rural communities and are designed to create a Champion or Teacher, one who then passes on these learned skills to other members of the community. As such, upskilling their community. This ultimately leads to poverty alleviation.
This is an innovative approach to sustainable beekeeping that empowers individuals and communities to protect honey bees while generating income and promoting environmental conservation.
The participant’s core business is beekeeping and they are taught this, including how to make their own hives, suits, and equipment from local materials.
Beekeepers are trained with booklets developed by African Honey Bee, and with videos created to demonstrate various practical aspects.
To help communities become more sustainable through beekeeping, which as with all farming, has its ups and downs, AHB takes a holistic approach to upskilling participants to help them become self-reliant with food security.
To expand their self-reliance, they learn self-help savings, such as how to grow and produce their own food, for themselves, with extra to sell.
The help them operate and control their business, they are introduced to simple Finance planning & money management, with easy-to-use tables and lists to guide.