Impact Report Prepared for the Quinn Family Fall, 2019 The Buzzing Business of Bees
Dear Quinn Family,
We are deeply grateful for your generous support towards the beekeeping program in Kenya. Together, we are empowering individuals and families with the skills and resources to lift themselves out of poverty and build a brighter future. We are pleased to share with you some of the recent highlights from the beekeeping program, including stories of how your support is directly impacting community members.
Included in this report are updates on the dedication community members have towards the program and the impact it is having on their lives. These highlights are a testament of your support and we cannot thank you enough We hope you enjoy reading these incredible highlights, and look forward to providing you with further updates on the amazing impacts you will be making in the future. Thank you for your belief in our work.
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The Impact of Beekeeping in Kenya
An overview of beekeeping in Kenya:
Over the last decade there has been a serious decline in pollinators such as bees, which has created an increased demand for pollinator-related products. With your support, we established the beekeeping program in Kenya to meet this demand by supporting bee populations while providing a sustainable livelihood for families. The program provides local community members with beehives and capacity-building trainings to produce and sell honey, allowing them to earn a consistent source of income. Through the sale of honey-based products, families will have the income to send their children to school, access health care, purchase nutritious food and improve their standard of living.
have been distributed, and we are on track to distribute another 230. 270 beehives from across ten different community groups. 150 beneficiaries
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Beekeeping in Kenya
Beekeeping Demonstration and Production Facility
Successes of the Beekeeping Program in Kenya:
The beekeeping programis focused on increasing the capacity of community members across Narok County. Through the production and sale of honey, community members can earn a sustainable income, improving their livelihoods. To support the program and provide a dedicated space for training and improving beekeeping capabilities, we have established the Beekeeping Demonstration and Production Facility. The facility consists of a demonstration area to provide beekeepers with interactive trainings on beekeeping best practices as well as a production area that includes a centrifugemachine to extract and distill honey, packaging supplies and storage space. These resources, combined with a dedicated staff, ensure that the facility will be essential in improving beekeeping skills and empowering community members to earn a stable income.
• The first beehives distributed took an average of nine months to colonize. With consistent support, our current hives take an average of three months to colonize, enabling beekeepers to harvest honey earlier. • The first harvests averaged three kilograms of honey. Through effective trainings, current harvests average five kilograms of honey. We are continuing to provide mentorship to further increase harvests outputs. • In the first year of the program, beekeepers earned an average annual income of $81 per hive. With improved best practices, beekeepers’ current average annual income is $135 per hive. As we work to further improve harvest outputs, we expect to see this income continue to grow.
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A Special Name
In late spring of this year, members and representatives from Laila Youth Group, Laila Men’s Group, Sikirrar Men’s Group and Sukutek Men’s Group gathered at Oleleshwa Farm to brainstorm a local name for the Beekeeping Demonstration and Production Facility that they could all identify with and champion. The WE team facilitated the brainstorming session, splitting participants into two groups with each presenting their favourite option. The two names proposed were Iletorok Sekemik Beekeeping Center and the Namelok Anyiny Beekeeping Center. After a vote and celebrating with cheers, the participants agreed onNamelokAnyinyBeekeepingCenter. The words “Namelok” and “Anyiny” both mean “sweet” in Maasai and Kipsigis respectively. The name represents not only the sweet taste of honey, but the optimistic outlook the members have towards the future. The
name also symbolizes the unity formed between the two ethnic groups who are working together to create lasting change. Including the participants in the naming process fosters a deep sense of connection, and is an integral way to ensure that participants in the beekeeping program feel a sense of ownership over the facility and are committed to ensuring its success. As the facility grows and welcomes more participants to the program, empowering them with the skills and resources to improve their standard of living, the name is perfectly fitting. The naming process especially demonstrates the ownership and pride that the participants have in their work, learning, growth, collaboration and friendship.
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Spotlight: The Sukutek Men’s Group
The Sukutek Men’s Group from Kipsongol, Kenya has been engaged in the beekeeping program since 2017. The group has a total of 10 beehives, seven of which have been colonized, and have engaged in 30 trainings on beekeeping best practices. Utilizing the skills taught, the group has had great success; harvesting 20 kilograms of honey to date. By selling the honey at localmarkets the grouphas earned approximately $150.00, which they have reinvested into their Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA). VSLAs are self-selected, voluntary groups which save money through the purchase of shares in the group. The savings are invested in a loan fund, which members can borrow from, repaying with a small service charge added. The primary purpose of a VSLA is to provide simple savings and loan facilities in a community that does not have access to formal financial services. Members can access funds in times of emergency, hardship or for economic ventures and income generating activities. With the income generated from selling honey, the Sukutek Men’s Group has expanded their VSLA activities to new business ventures. The group recently leased five- acres of farmland where they planted wheat. The profits from the sale of the crops will support members’ livelihood, empowering them to provide for their families. The Sukutek Men’s Group has been tremendously enthusiastic about beekeeping to improve their household income.
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Members of community groups participating in a training on beekeeping.
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Spotlight: Sharing His Story
Bernard lives in Kipsongol, Kenya and is a member of the Sukutek Men’s Group.
Bernard works as a farmer, growing maize and raising livestock to provide for his wife and six children. However, often Bernard struggled to earn enough to support his family. As a result, Bernard joined the SukutekMen’s Group to try to improve his household income. When the Sukutek Men’s Group joined the beekeeping program, Bernard was eager to begin. As he explains, “Although beekeeping is traditional, it was not a common practice in our community and that’s why after we received a training on apiculture, we saw an opportunity and chose to give it a try.” WE worked with the group providing capacity-building trainings on topics such as apiary management, beekeeping safety and beehive colonization, ensuring the group’s success managing their ten beehives. Since receiving the beehives, the group has had several successful harvests, selling the honey at local markets and reinvesting the profits back into other income-generating activities, such as livestock and crop farming. Looking to the future, Bernard is hopeful. “We wish to expand the project so that we can increase the production and revenue,” Bernard says. “We hope to use the funds we get from the honey to boost our crop and livestock farming.”
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Bernard tending to his beehives to ensure a successful harvest.
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We are deeply grateful for your incredible support towards the beekeeping program in Kenya. Together, we are creating lasting impacts, empowering families with the skills and resources to improve their standard of living. With a sustainable source of income, community members can support in their families, break the cycle of poverty and build a brighter future. We look forward to providing you with more highlights and inspiring stories as we continue to expand the beekeeping program in Kenya. Thank you.
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