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Bee keeping initiative to support poor women in Tanzania

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Muleba Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

The main problem this project tries to solve is the terrible poverty that has raised poor nutrition among women living with HIV/AIDS. Lack of income generating opportunities leads young women of ages 18-32 to drift from villages to Muleba town, especially to slum areas and Lake Victoria islands for prostitution. The result is health problems and a high risk of contracting HIV/AIDS .There is also no way to ensure a constant supply of nutritious food due to fluctuation in weather and crop yields. Weather is never trusted from one planting season to the next. This project intends to be an income- generating project for women living with HIV/AIDS at the grassroots level.

The improvement of nutrition and living standards among women living with HIV/AIDS, through the introduction and manufacture of movable top bar bee hives using local materials will be an important income source to address their economic marginalization and improve their ability to survive by providing them with increased nutrition and improving the livelihood that their ARV treatment will be effective. These women are to be trained in bee keeping using modern top bar hives that will be manufactured using local materials, honey harvesting and processing .It is also to enable the organization to have a potential income stream to support its activities.

What is your project and how will it help?

This will be a bee keeping project. The aim of this project is to provide a new stream of income, and to alleviate poverty through the training and support of local women in the practice of beekeeping.

Specific objectives:

• To train 300 women from 5 wards of Muleba district in bee productive and sustainable keeping.
• To give the women the on hand skills on honey processing.
• To develop a model apiary available for training.
• To construct and distribute 100 movable modern top bar hives to the beneficiaries.

Activities aim at:

• Community leaders mobilization.
• Beneficiary community mobilization and sensitization meetings.
• Training 300 women in bee keeping, honey harvesting and processing.
• Construction and distribution of 100 top bar bee hives.
• Purchase and distribution of honey harvesting and processing equipments.
• Extension service delivery.
• Planting of trees for bee forage.
• Monitoring and evaluation

Expected results are:

• Provision of an additional high energy food source for women and their families hence improved health status.
• Improved income through selling of bee products.
• Reduced rural urban migration, unemployment, and disease propagation
• Effective use of ARVS.
• The presence of bee hives will lower the risk of deforestation.
• Restored biodiversity.

The full establishments of one hive costs around 85,000 Tanzanian shillings ($56US). Projected revenue from a single hive per year is 240,000 Tanzanian shillings (from 40 liters of honey). In a country where the average per capita income is $324US, beekeeping represents a viable microeconomic enterprise which pays for itself in the first year, provides health benefits and is a practical insurance against crop failure and local unemployment. There is major potential for grassroots poverty alleviation and empowerment of local people through the practice of beekeeping.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

The partnership can be through the funding of some activities to make this project implemented sustainably, and send of volunteers and work with us.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Establishment of 100 hives involves the following inputs (to be paid by the donor.)

- 100 Bee hives each 85,000Tshs 8,500,000 = USD 5,666
- 5 smokers each 48,000Tshs 240,000 = USD 160
- 5 overalls each 55,000Tshs 275,000 = USD183
- 5 veils each 40,000Tshs 200,000 = USD 133
- 5 pair of gloves each 20,000Tshs 100,000 = USD 66
- 25 kg of wax cost 25,000Tshs 625,000 = USD 416

TOTAL: 9,940,000TShs = USD 6,626

Training women in bee keeping, honey harvesting and processing

1. Transport for 2 facilitators x 60000each for 3days = 360,000 = USD 240
2. Printing of bee keeping manuals written by Pam Gregory of bees abroad (UK) 1,000 Copies x 500 each = Tshs500,000 = USD 333
3. Facilitation fee. 2 people x 80000 shillings x 5 days= 800,000Tshs= 533 USD
4. Follow up for support supervision 400,000 Tshs = USD 266

TOTAL: 1,880,000Tshs = USD 1,253

GRAND TOTAL: 11,818,500Tshs = 7,879 USD


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