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The project benefits Sappi and local communities in numerous ways:
Income from honey:
Since first starting the programme in 2016, more than 1734 families have registered with and been trained by African Honey Bee. 862 of these families are bee-keeping from one or more hives, others are still hunting honey, but in ways that are more sustainable and do not cause uncontrolled fires. In 2017, African Honey Bee purchased five tons of honey from 120 beekeepers; in 2018 fifteen tons from 250 beekeepers, and in 2019, ten tons from 500 beekeepers. The beekeeper families earn R50 per kg when they supply the honey. From the honey sold in 2019, they will also earn a share of the value chain profits which will be an additional R7 per kg. The honey, once harvested by the local communities is packaged and sold throughout South Africa in a Fair Trade agreement through www.peels.co.za as Sizana traceable honey.
In 2017, African Honey Bee started teaching the beekeeper families to form groups at venues like churches or community halls, within walking distance from where they live. So far 60 groups have saved money that they then leant to members to start beekeeping, chicken and vegetable income-generating activities. The loans were all paid back with interest, and the savings and interest were paid out after saving for a year. In conjuction with the savings, income-generating principles and businesses in a a box were taught to members.
In 2017 and 2019 school awareness programmes taught children how to work with bees using controlled fires (smokers) and protective clothing and also taught them how bee-keeping can lead to income generation. Many of the children encouraged their parents to join the programme.
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