Abera Beehive Project Brings Sweet Returns:
In the northern Uganda village of Agwata, the approximate 90 women with whom we work have organized themselves into five smaller work clusters. Each cluster elects their own officers and chooses their own income-generation projects as they work to overcome poverty. The Abera cluster decided last year to keep beehives and sell the honey to generate income for themselves.
The Abera group’s five beehives are made from logs and are kept high in yaa (shea) trees. The hives from this area produce some of the best honey in all of Uganda. At the time of harvest, prices for honey can be relatively low at under $2 per kilogram. The women’s strategy has been to store the honey until local supply decreases and the price rises to almost $2.50 per kilogram. Last year, the Abera group’s first honey harvest generated only $40. They have just harvested their honey for this year and estimate it to weigh 150 kg. This could bring in up to $360.
In addition to their beehive project, the Abera group also generates income by planting and harvesting simsim (sesame seeds), keeping chickens, and buying produce to resell at higher prices. The Abera women’s cluster has proven to be one of the most energetic and successful clusters. Another group demonstrating good team work and entrepreneurial skills is the Olubi cluster, which also engages in simsim farming and the keeping of chickens. Stay tuned for future updates on these entrepreneurial women and their efforts to better their lives.