We live in Mwanza, Tanzania, serving with Emmanuel International helping local churches in physical and spiritual ministry.

Beekeeping

We are excited about bees! Integrated with our work in agriculture, entrepreneurship and tree planting,  we have incorporated a beekeeping project. Bee hives in a field can greatly increase crop yields and there is also the benefit of income generating projects with sales of honey and other bee products. The opportunities for farmers in crop yield and honey sales and also for Mamas groups’ in beeswax crafts are significant! Did you know for example, for every 500 TSh a beekeeper earns in honey when offering pollination services to a farmer, the farmer could gain as much as 10,000 TSh in increased crop yield!
Checking the hives at the Kisesa Demonstration Farm
Preparing to hang a hive at a farmers in Kayenze
We have started beekeeper groups through the churches in the villages of Malya and Kayenze. With the help of Julian Willford (Bees Abroad), group members have been trained in the basics of beekeeping and have established apiaries using locally-made top-bar hives. The groups of around 15 meet monthly and work together on their 12 hives. We have also placed three hives at our Demonstration Plot at the Church Planting School in the village of Kisesa.
Top-Bar Hive
Top Bar
Kayenze Beekeepers Group
We are working with a womens group in Malya and also the Albinism Mamas Group in Mwanza, offering training in beeswax and honey crafts. They are able to generate income through the sales of lip balms, candles and honey soap. You can read more about them on the Upendo wa Mama page!

Malya Mamas Group

Making beeswax products

Women also sew these protective overalls out of old flour sacks!

Beeswax Products

Read more about our beekeeping adventures in our stories on the blog!

October, 2017, Back with the Beekeepers

September, 2016 One Fine Week!

August 2016 Wild Swarm Catching

August 2016 Our Life as Beekeepers

July 2016 a Precious Remnant

June, 2016 Wandering through the Wilderness

February 2016 Beekeeping Project off to a Good Start

February 2016 Mama Bees Beeswax

November 2015 Through Hives and High Water

October 2015 Bees and Wedded Bliss

February, 2015 Peanut: Pea or nut or Honey-Roasted?

February, 2015 How One Thing Leads to Another

November, 2014 Beginning on a Bus Before Buzzing about Bees

July, 2013 Cheese n' Bees


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