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“Plan Bee” enterprise model – Setting up small enterprises on bee keeping for rural women

Overview

Hashoo Foundation (HF) with the financial support from the Chapelwood Foundation (CWF), is engaged in capacity building of underprivileged women in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in honey bee farming. CWF and its contributions have remained unrivalled as a considerable number of beneficiaries have been benefited through income generating projects and programs funded by CWF. Both CDF and HF have been rendering their services and contributing through funds to alleviate poverty in GB. “Plan Bee” a project of HF, is one of the best projects that contributed toward a healthy and prosperous society and an agent of change that gave a quality life to many people who were less able to generate an income due to lack of resources. . Honey bee farming is a lucrative income generating enterprise. The immediate earnings from the beehives within three to four months is another important factor that contributes to economic sustainability of the beneficiaries.

“Plan Bee” originally initiated in 2007 and 2008 by HF in GB and replicated in chitral later. The successful honey bee farming enterprise model was funded by CWF for four phases after successful completion of each phase. First phase started in January 2011 and ended in October 2012 in GB, benefiting 40 beneficiaries while Second phase started in March 2012 and ended in October 2012 and benefited 52 flood affectees.

After successful interventions and magnificent outcomes of “Plan Bee” program in two phases, CWF awarded a grant to HF to implement third phase of “Plan Bee”, to train twenty (20) women from village Gamba, of District Skardu, in beekeeping skills. Upon completion of the training, sixty (60) beehives and twenty (20) production kits were distributed amongst the new trainees. Third phase started in January 2013 and ended in December 2013

CWF awarded a 4th grant to HF to train twenty (20) women from Gahkuch Balla, in District Ghizer, in beekeeping skills through the replication of CWF’s successful enterprise models, consecutively functional for last three years (2010 – 2013) in the remote areas of GB,. Upon completion of the training, sixty (60) beehives and twenty (20) production kits were distributed amongst the new trainees. The project has helped improve the socio-economic status of the underprivileged people, especially women of District Ghizer. The project has served to bring about considerable improvement in the socio-economic status of the local communities, particularly women.

Achievements

  • 132 women, identified, mobilized and trained, out of which 80 were new and 52 were existing beneficiaries
  • 252 beehives distributed among the beneficiaries
  • 200 production kits, distributed amongst the beneficiaries.
  • Four business groups are formed and developed their own honey brands like Kashman honey, Sada honey etc.
  • In average there is around 20%
  • Enrollment of the children in school increased
  • Involvement of women in decision making increased
  • Decreased dependency
  • Promotion in collective decisions in the community.
  • Extra income is utilized in food, education and health care

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