“I used to work in an workplace, and folks would come to my workplace to promote ‘West Nile honey’, named after the area I come from. I used to be to see that my area was getting used as a model, and found that West Nile is among the high ranked areas in Uganda for the manufacturing of honey.
So, I made a decision that I’d come again house, and begin an organization to serve my neighborhood.
A product in demand
The product is in demand, each regionally and internationally, and has constructive medicinal and meals properties. We realized that there’s sturdy potential to supply it on a big scale.
Nevertheless, many individuals on this area are solely accumulating honey in a standard method, as a passion. We determined to provide farmers steering, and supply them with the mandatory abilities as a result of earlier than, they have been working with none formal assist; no-one was keen to put money into supporting them to enhance the standard of their honey.
As we speak, we’re working with over 1,700 farmers, who harvest honey from apiaries on their land. We offer a dependable marketplace for them, which inspires them to supply extra.
Economic system, setting and society
We imagine that if beekeeping is taken to a degree the place farmers perceive it as a as a enterprise, it should enhance their livelihoods; after we began the enterprise in 2015, a kilo of honey offered for round 3,500 Ugandan Shillings. As we speak it’s about 7,000 Shillings. This has motivated many farmers to enter beekeeping.
Now they will afford primary requirements, they usually don’t have to fret about going hungry. They’ll purchase goats and different animals, and pay their youngsters’s college charges. Some have even been in a position to purchase property. Beekeeping is altering their lives.
Our imaginative and prescient was to be a market chief within the sale of sustainable beehive merchandise within the Nice Lakes area, and to promote globally. Our merchandise are actually assembly worldwide requirements, and are being accepted in overseas markets”.
We’re attempting to construct up a devoted administration group, and lots of of them are younger individuals. We’re getting assist from a programme run by the Meals and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which is addressing the angle of youth in the direction of agriculture, and the way they are often motivated to embrace agriculture as a supply of employment.
The younger individuals we’re interacting with, are starting to understand that they’ve a giant half to play in nationwide improvement. So, whereas we need to make a revenue, we even have a social side to what we do.
Overcoming the monetary challenges
Finance has been one in every of our largest challenges. Due to an absence of finance, a lot of the honey-making course of have been accomplished manually. Nevertheless, the UN Capital Improvement Fund (UNCDF), has enabled us to get funding from the Uganda Improvement Financial institution, and enhance a part of our manufacturing course of.
We are actually utilizing an electrical honey press, and have been in a position to purchase a filtering machine to enhance the standard of our product. We’re in a position to course of about 5 tonnes of honey in a month, which is a really large bounce in capability, and I’m certain that we can develop that to about 15 tonnes.
We’re very grateful for the assist we obtained from UNCDF, as a result of it additionally helped us to enhance our enterprise administration, improve manufacturing, and enhance the standard of our product.”