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Beehives and Women!

Hives in south Ivory Coast

About the project

We are two cousins ​​who came up with the idea of ​​setting up beehives in Ivory Coast, precisely in the village where our grandparents came from.  We want to create an ecological and economically viable model which is based on beekeeping.

Our vision

We believe in a solidarity, fair and unitary business model. Our objective is therefore to promote biodiversity in rural areas by raising awareness among the population and various stakeholders on the importance of bees and their role as pollinators.

To achieve this, we want to train and then practice ecological beekeeping that respects the entire ecosystem and the local population. Participate in the development of knowledge on rural beekeeping which will be the cornerstone of a new practice in the village. We want to create an asset that will be a driving force for economic development, especially for women, who will play an important role in this project.

The contexte

We hope that the place occupied by women in this patriarchal society will take on its full meaning by enabling them to achieve financial autonomy. The integration of the local population is essential and must take into account different aspects such as culture, environment, lifestyle and apprehensions. This will allow us to carry out our project successfully. We aim at ethical and moral responsibility through the impact of the organisation on the different stakeholders.

Honey products

We want a product that responds to the evolution of consciousness.

The characteristics of our product:

-ethical by its production
-quality, traceable product.

Holly Honey Hives

Summary Projection over the years

Year N1:

Installation of about ten hives in a virgin plantation of pesticides and insecticides and training of beekeepers.
Correction of issues
Distribution : through our local partner  "Holly Honey cooperative".http://hollyhoneyci.com

Year N2:

Installation of several hives across several plantations that adhere to our vision. 
On the economic side : The goal is to make beekeeping a way of life that will generate a stable economic income that will play a positive role on the environment and the project's adherents.

The distribution of honey will always be done through the existing Holly Honey cooperative in the local market.

Year N3:

Creation of a food crop / orchard and establishment of our women's cooperative. The food crop will be a way to introduce women to beekeeping and responsible farming techniques. The products of the food crop will be sold in the nearby markets by the women. 
At the same time, workshops will be created to develop and promote a spirit of recycling by creating compost centres. 
Establishement of our label as an authentic label that is different from other products, following the example of the Shonghai farms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTLp22sGjko. 


What are the funds for?

"The bee is a pollinator whose activity is essential to one-third of the world's fruit and vegetable harvests. Insecticides and other neonicotinoids have been used for decades on soils for so-called better harvests. But at what cost? »

Our funding will be used to develop quality beekeeping on African soil and to integrate women in order to make them financially independent. The funds will allow us to install the first hives in existing plantations, train and sensitize future beekeepers to an ecological beekeeping model. 



This is how the money will be distributed if you support the project!  

Formation of the first pair of beekeepers :

Remuneration of the trainer 4406$ CAD, the price of the training includes:

    1   Theory: first approach with the world of beekeeping 

    2   Choosing hive locations and placing hives 

    3   Practical training and following-up

The price also includes accommodation and travel for the trainer and the trained beekeepers are not left to themselves, they have a full year's follow up, i.e. there is a monthly meeting with the beekeepers and he is present at each honey harvest.

The training will be given by the cooperative Holly Honey which is already recognized and established on the Ivorian soil. http://hollyhoneyci.com


Operating equipment :  

    - Purchase of 10 Langstroth hives $673 CAD

    - Purchase of hive stand $236 CAD

    - Purchase of two peaches for $284 CAD, purchase of gloves for $19 CAD and purchase of boots for $24 CAD

    - Purchase of bar lifter, brush, uncapping knife, smoker, honey filter and refractometer for 350$ CAD

    - A contingency percentage is up to $602 CAD to overcome all possible problems during the year and of course the commission for Ulule is include.




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