Mama Buci Honey Scheme: Changing lives through beekeeping
Mama Buci is calling on beekeepers and honey lovers worldwide to help some of the world’s poorest communities in sub Saharan Africa.
Mama Buci supports over 10,000 families in Zambia by providing them with bee hives, training and education to produce delicious raw honey that has a positive impact on the environment.
Beekeeping has been a popular income-generating activity in Zambia for centuries. However beekeepers traditionally used bark hives that involved stripping bark from a tree that ultimately lead to its death. This not only has a negative impact on the environment but also on the beekeepers income as the bees need nectar from the trees to produce honey.
This all changed with the ingenious design of a ‘tree top bar hive’. A specially made top bar hive is suspended in a tree! As well as saving trees, honey yields have doubled, as have the income of the families.
Mama Buci is now building over 150 bee hives a day, 5 days a week in its local Zambian workshop. They have provided over 70,000 bee hives which will produce over 400 tonnes of delicious raw honey this year alone.
This has had a huge impact on the individuals and communities that the scheme has reached, improving lives and also providing education for local children. However Mama Buci want to expand to help more people and produce more delicious and natural honey that people can experience over the world.
Mama Buci’s ambitious target is to supply 0.5million bee hives over a 5 year period; find out more about the Campaign and how you can get involved and spread the word.