Murambo BeeKeeping Association

(Unverified non-profit organisation)

Murambo beekeeping association is a community based social enterprise organization registration number 35 operating in murambo Bubaare sub-county in Rubanda district which is based in the kigezi region. Apiculture is one of the major significant area of economic activity which can create a sustainable means of livelihood and source of sustainable income for the marginalized livelihoods especially in the rural areas of Uganda when enhanced can be a crucial component of livelihood diversification as it can supplement household income, provide food and nutrients as well as medicine and its relatively low in relation to startup costs and labor requirements with minimum land ownership requirements that makes beekeeping an alternative economic pathway out of poverty for the rural men, women and young adults and additionally bees provide an important eco-system service via pollination contributing to enhanced food security and increasing yields in 70% of the global crops thus murambo beekeeping association (MBKA) has adapted an integrated holistic approach to include interventions that address challenges faced by farmers throughout the apiculture value chain so as to enhance it as a means for livelihood and economic activity for marginalized livelihoods in murambo, sub county in Rubanda district.
TARGET GROUPS OF PEOPLE
This action aims to address multiple environmental and economic challenges faced by the rural population around Lake Bunyonyi and Bwindi National Park bring sustainable benefits to the target groups and final beneficiaries described below.
The action will target 1,500 individual members of rural communities living in the Lake Bunyonyi basin, around the protected areas of which 60% will be selected from the following sub-groups:

Women and Girls: Among coverage of wetlands and availability of financial products to support wetland farming.

Youth: This project employs a definition of youth as those aged between 18 and 27 years . An estimated 78% of Ugandan youth are unemployed, and this figure is increasing, particularly in rural areas where livelihood options outside of subsistence agriculture are extremely limited. Lacking access to and control over land, and often demonstrating a declining interest in engaging in agriculture, youths’ rural-to-urban migration is increasing as young people seek better livelihood opportunities beyond their communities.
Batwa: Kabale and Rubanda are home to some of Uganda’s last surviving Batwa communities, who are highly marginalised and vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity. Through the creation of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) in the early 1990s, the Batwa were evicted from the high forest they lived in and depended on for their livelihoods. The process of resettlement largely failed to compensate these communities for the land they had lost, and an estimated 90% remain landless. Today, Batwa communities experience some of the highest levels of poverty in Uganda, and face discrimination and social exclusion, which severely restricts their access to jobs.
Rural households in all areas targeted by the project (including individual members of the groups described above) will benefit from a 25% increase in disposable income, improved food security, resilience and nutrition as a result of livelihood diversification and adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices; 500 new jobs created in sustainable livelihood sectors including horticulture, beekeeping, mushroom production, small livestock and sustainable energy and potential jobs in tourism. Community-led MBKA activities will support more equitable access to resources in the catchment as well as leading to improved water availability, soil fertility and tree cover.
EXPECTED RESULTS AND OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT
• The distributed and provided beehives will lead to enhanced quality honey and other bee products which will lead to increased yields thus quantity production.

• Honey is an important natural organic food containing various kinds of sugars, proteins, free amino acids, minerals trace elements, enzymes and vitamins with a high caloric value that provide rapid energy to rural farmers thus healthy lives in the communities.

• There shall be increased job creation for the informal sector in villages around murambo Sub County due to farmers of both women groups, elders, men, youths and women in the communities involving in beekeeping.

• It will lead to increased production of honey and reproduction of bees that produce honey thus more sales and improved standards of living for the farmers.

SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PROJECT
• The project will be sustainable in the following ways
Basic skills and knowledge towards use and maintenance of the beehives shall be provided to the farmers before use of beehives
• There shall be increase in the bee products like honey and propolis and this means more sales that will lead more earnings and at this stage farmers shall be encouraged to save the surplus and buy more beehives and re-install in their farms instead of depending on the donations.
• Many farmers shall also gain more skills in modern beehives production from the sales acquired we shall hire trainers .
Human Resource
• The production unit where 15 seamstresses will be engaged for production purposes. Currently the organization has engaged 6 seamstresses in the production unit, but owing to the quantity of products that will be required, an additional 5 staff will be recruited.
• The managing trustee who oversees the project, the executive director, two project officers in charge of training, the administrative officer and a driver will constitute the project team.

Sigirenda Ezra Founder and Executive Director. Ezra Directs the Organization and its programs which are focused on scalable solutions to meet the basic needs of the very poor individual, using bee keeping as vehicle to deliver this impact. Ezra has been keeping bees since his teen years. He had a career switch to tourism, training as a national tour guide. His passion however has always been Bees. Despite being a successful tour guide, the sting to return to bee keeping became unbearable for him and in 2014 he returned to his calling, mobilizing his bee keeper counterparts to form MBKA
Mr. Aine Jussy, a professional accountant, Jussy has been working with MBKA since 2016, providing the valuable need for proper accounting and transparency, and has been part of the growth of the organization
MS Kyomugisha Sheila, as Development Officer Sheila oversees the engineering and development of new projects. She directly engages the community to seek their ideas and together with them develop concepts that have the high potential to succeed within the local environment
Mr. Nowaman shara a successful bee keeper, Joshua has been at the front of passing on his valuable knowledge and experience as a Trainer to other bee keepers and as well as new comers. He has the knowledge of bees so much that he can predict colony numbers to their exact figures using the wealth of experience he has acquired over a very long period of time. Sabiti Michical, Director Shepherd Center, a local nonprofit, and Board chair, Patrick brings to the board his vast experience in the NGO sector.
Arinda jovial , a local Youth counselor and leader ,he brings onboard his leadership skills and community knowledge and contacts in the government ,advocating for bee keeping to be considered as a serious business to fight poverty and lobbying the government to direct resources to bee keeping.
PROJECT MONITORING AND EVALUATION
A formal monitoring and evaluation model shall be developed between the funders and the (MBKA) based on the timed basis either reporting monthly or quarterly on the progress of the project measuring the out comes over failures and achievements .A baseline assessment will be done to establish the existing status in the bee farmers groups where the program will be implemented. At the end of the programme an evaluation will be undertaken with key lessons documented. The baseline analysis will form the basis of the evaluation within the groups . Program outcomes will be measured by determining whether, and how, the bee farmers needs of vulnerable women are being adequately met. before and after the program against a baseline survey instrument designed by a monitoring and evaluation expert before the commencement of the implementation

The action’s overall objective is to contribute to the inclusive and low-carbon economic transformation of communities in the Lake Bunyonyi basin, generating sustainable economic growth, increased employment, reduced poverty, improved nutrition, and the sustainable management of their environment .

The specific objective is to improve the institutional framework for sustainable environmental and economic management of Lake Bunyonyi through capacity building of local authorities. These objectives will be achieved through the implementation of activities under three outputs:
Output 1: Increased skills and knowledge of Local Authorities to enhance their institutional framework and policy development to support the sustainable environmental and economic management of kabale and rubanda.
Output 2: Increased skills and knowledge for community led natural resource management in Rubanda communities.
Output 3: Enhanced skills and knowledge of Local Authorities to support employment and livelihood opportunities in the green economy

The objective is to provide beehives that as shelters for the bees that will increase production and reputation thus in honey and bee productions for improved livelihoods

Other objectives
• To create shelters for bees that lead to increased production and reproduction bees
• To enhance and improve livelihoods of people in murambo bubaare sub county and villages of Rubanda district
• To create a sustainable means of livelihood for the marginalized livelihoods
• To increase honey and its bi products thus improved earnings.
 Attribute poverty eradication
 Social economical growth of the marginalized livelihoods
 To improve standards of living of the marginalized live hood
 Source of income for families.

• The project will be sustainable in the following ways :

Basic skills and knowledge towards use and maintenance of the beehives shall be provided to the farmers before use of beehives
• There shall be increase in the bee products like honey and propolis and this means more sales that will lead more earnings and at this stage farmers shall be encouraged to save the surplus and buy more beehives and re-install in their farms instead of depending on the donations

• Many farmers shall also gain more skills in modern beehives production from the sales acquired we shall hire trainers

Website

http://www.murambo%20BeeKeeping%20Association

Year established

2014

Organisation annual cash turnover (in US$ equivalent)

Less than 500,000

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Africa: Uganda

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Disasters

Uganda: Floods - May 2013