Beekeeping : Activities of self-employed for rural families

Beekeeping : Activities of self-employed for rural families

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Beekeeping has been carried out across many generations in Rwanda (GATARE). It plays a critical role in the livelihoods of the rural communities in three native dynamics; one, it is an income generating activity; two, medicinal value of honey and other hive products is invaluable; three, it contributes immensely to forests conservation efforts .The activity has basically been traditional and of subsistence in nature, where honey was used as a food product for home, medicine and for brewing traditional liquor. As such the sub-sector remains largely underdeveloped.
However, CCNDA needs this trend to be changed and community members must increasingly take up beekeeping as a business enterprise. This is towards increasing honey production for greater incomes and better livelihoods.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Gikongoro (Gatare) located in southern province, region of mountains and non fertility of soil, with a big party covered by forests where the rate of population is high and lives in agriculture , is known as a radical of famine ,starvation ,malnutrition and a serious problem of lack of food ,after breaking off their studies ,the many young peoples stay unemployed and shifting in town .I find beekeeping as an activity that can not only complement farming systems, but also provides a platform for supplementary income generation amongst rural households. Nowadays, basic food security is the biggest concern in Crete Congo-Nil. Every aspect of the community’s welfare was affected by periodic hunger because of unemployment. With this project income, farmers will be able to diversify their job occupation for instance they will buy fertilizer and improved and rainy-resistant seeds to grow enough food for their families.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Nowadays, beekeeping in GATARE is constrained by the lack of organization and resulting lack of secured colony. The innovative about our initiative:  The project will own a modern colony with a permanent guard  More than 10 cooperatives of beekeepers must be established, with businesses ranging from poultry to soap and candles making .  The goal is to build on existing resources and earn more cash so that families and the community can go beyond meeting their basic needs and begin to build wealth through savings and investment .Every beekeeper must own his/her bank account.  For the beekeepers,. The new hives are expected to produce about 10 kilos of honey every season, or twice a year. the project hopes to generate RWF 20 million per season ,and 50% distributed among members. The result will be that the remaining profit will be used to buy additional parts for the beehives to improve production for the second season, including wax foundation and other accessories. The project will also continue to progressively produce more beehives for peaples who did not yet receive a new hive Every family will have at least 3 traditional hives, producing at least 20 kilos every six months and earning him enough to pay for school fees and materials regularly without any problem or need to rely on additional loans. Our target will be to supply for a local market by ensuring not only enough quantity and the good quality packaged honey but also extending beekeeping in other sectors and created supporting industries to employ so many peoples
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The primary activities of our project are to *Encourage beekeepers to participate actively in their own development *Encourage replication of knowledge from common to individual apiaries *Holistic double-edged capacity building of beekeepers *Focus on institutional strengthening *Sensitize farmers on the importance of increasing production *Demonstrating viability of beekeeping as an enterprise We will develop and strengthen effective clusters by introducing modern hives in order to increase honey production and building Honey Processing Plants that will employ the locals. This plant will make our packaged honey competitive with imported honey from Kenya and beekeeping will be seen as Income Generating Activity by all peoples.
About You
Crete Congo-Nil Development agency
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Marie Beline

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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Crete Congo-Nil Development agency

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Crete Congo-Nil region the top of Rwanda mountains covered by the only remaining mountain forest NYUNGWE is a quite area for beekeeping , despite having good bee forage, local knowledge on efficient production methods and a vast number of NGOs working to promote beekeeping, the health of the Rwandan bee industry is not good. Most beekeepers are elderly and have few hives. Young people do not see beekeeping as a wise career choice; it is merely a small scale sideline activity. The shops in Kigali (Capital of RWANDA ) are full of nicely packaged imported honey which customers prefer to poorly packaged Rwandan honey at less than half the price. Other countries in the region such as Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia have large honey industries with so many employees; I would like to show how Rwandans ,especially those surrounding Nyungwe National Park, could develop her honey industry to be a useful source of income for the rural masses and to help promote conservation of her forest resources.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

In generally the project measure it’s achievement by ensuring that food security and other primary needs such as medical care and education are being met, the project must turn its energies to finding income and job generation projects that can truly bring the community out of poverty. Ahead of that Job opportunities will be created in developing and extending honey processing plant and beekeeping as whole .The locals will be involved in the construction of the hives colony etc.

How many people have been impacted by your project?


How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

Over the next three years we will be focused on fallowing areas to evolve our project:
 encouraging young people to join beekeeping co-operatives already designed .
 Building a modern cluster with modern equipment (honey processing
Plant ,smokers ,hives tools and protecting clothing.
 Improving beekeeping with modern hives such as top-bar hives.
 Increasing the production of honey to raise the income for beekeepers.
 Introducing the most blossoms trees in a big quantity that are usually used as decoration of houses.
 Strengthen to make this occupation on professional basis and to complete this by the end 3years period

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

*Production is mainly through traditional methods and the few modern techniques introduced have not been successful due to un-sustainable implementation of projects ,Peoples aregood imitators CCNDA will train and give example them and then they will follow.
*Beekeepers also face challenges in accessing consistent and business driven markets for their bee products and matters have not been helped further by inappropriate approaches to projects supported by unrealistic ‘artificial markets’ by project grant providers ,After quality improvement, we will highly invest in marketing and collaborate with national government to get a large scale on international market .
*Because of the problem of fire during harvesting honey and beeswax,this
project will facilitate in bringing near them smokers that is a source
of cool smoke to calm the bees when extracting honey.

Tell us about your partnerships

As the demand for beekeeping and its products increases, We plan to expand our services by partnering with established stakeholders mandated a task force represented by RARDA, CAPMER, ARDI and SNV to develop strategies for the sector.
As a result, a framework will be proposed to support the establishment of a competent authority for beekeeping development in Rwanda to coordinate interventions (policy formulation, production development, capacity building & support services, and
market development and information collection mechanisms to ensure that
data for the sector is available). The means of achieving these will be proven by the number of peoples employed by Beekeeping.

Explain your selections

CCNDA financial needs were diverse based on their positioning and functions within the
value chain. At the honey production level where we have beekeeping entrepreneurs the averagenloan requirement to purchase modern hives and associated equipment ranged from RWF 75,000 –125,000 (US$ 133 – 223) an amount considered too low by commercial banks due to the high costs that are involved in appraising, disbursing and following up loans. At the primary collection and bulking function the average requirements ranged from RWF 4,000,000 –13,000,000 (US$ 7,142 – 23,214).

The closest financial services providers to the beekeeping entrepreneurs were the farmer based co-operatives which are only acting as honey collection and bulking centers. The co-operatives while most adequately placed to provide financial and non-financial services to members are weak essentially weak in their institutional and share capital thus are incapacitated to provide financial services to the members. These institutions require urgent strengthening and restructuring to ensure that they remain relevant to their own existence.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

We need to strengthen our project by providing modern equipment for beekeepers and train them about beekeeping business. We will start to make candles from combs. CCNDA will extend its activities in all districts surrounding NYUNGWE and VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARC where there is good bee forage .

W e will build honey Processing Plants that will employed technicians ,managers ,accountants, transporters ,and we will need accurate cars and drivers to use in our logistics and chain management.

Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.


Lack of skills/training


Lack of efficiency


Lack of visibility and investment

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

Training and income are captured and marketing techniques are used to bring the project to a more realistic job creating.

-CCNDA will accumulate share capital from members deposits & savings;
- CCNDA will be capacitated to offer financial
services e.g. credit to members;

- Reduction in expenses willlead to increase
in profits;
- Profits will enable CNNDA to pay dividends
(thus members get double financial
- Profits will enable CNNDA to build reserves
thereby strengthening it further to offer
financial services to

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.



Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services


Grown geographic reach: Multi-country

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

We are planned for immediate future that:
-Job opportunities will be created in developing and extending modern clusters and candles making
-The locals will be involved in the construction of the system lowering or even removing traditional colony
-Farmers and their householder will contribute to the project cost .
-Along the project savings , farmers will be able to buy fertilizer and improved and rainy-resistant seeds to grow enough food for their families and food security and other primary needs such as medical care and education are being met.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

we work hand in hand with Government institutions regarding to this project in term of implementation and providing primary facilities like permission of construction colony and honey processing plant installation and get some technicians and experts from the public institution.
I’m confident that our proposed Beekeeping : Activities of self-employed for rural families strategies will meet your terms and condition .We sincerely hope that CHANGEMAKERS ( Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World that Works ) will consider us as long term partner and allow us to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship . We agree to hold our proposal open for acceptance until The 15th ,May 2011
Thank you for your interest.