Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
The increase in the scale of honey production and a coexisting increase in the market demand will give the business security and financial sustainability. In addition this will raise the motivation of the beekeepers thereby strengthening the group. Other beekeepers who today are not in the cooperative might be stimulated to adhere to the initiative. Influential chefs and workers in gastronomy are becoming more familiar with the cooperative’s products and are requesting more supplies for their experimental gastronomy. Because it is based on eco-friendly production, organic stores are selling the products. Beyond businesses reasons, the region needs strong projects capable of proving that it is possible to get development through locals.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Under the leadership of Sueli Alves dos Santos, a local community resident, the first stingless beekeepers’ cooperative achieved success in commercializing its products and constructed a Processing Unit able to process 1,000 kg of honey per lot. It also has created a guide for the production processes including scientific knowledge about stingless bees, nature conservation and certification rules. Also, the honey chemical analysis provides more information about the stingless bees products. Since the Cooperative obtained the Inspection Stamp in 2014, the first large sale was made in a gastronomy event. The project recommends about 20 beehive boxes per beekeepers, totalizing maximum 0,500 Kg/unit, respecting nature. The business plan has been made to launch greater scale, so, in the future the social business will be able to stimulate local development based on sustainability
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
The main strategy is to implement the Cooperative Business Plan. For that it is necessary to increase honey production, which will require that the Processing Unit works in its maximum capacity. Also, more beehives boxes are needed (at least 50 extra for each stingless beekeeper); moreover is still necessary to raise the number of stingless beekeeper integrated in to the Cooperative from 23 to 50. From that, will be possible to keep the current supply chain and increase business. Those strategies will ensure that the cooperative can achieve financial sustainability.