BEES ARE WEALTH!    NYUKI NI MALI!

Listen to Community Leader Nickson Parmisa explain that benefits of beekeeping to the Maasai community of Kitengela, Kenya

HERE'S THE STORY

 

We work with the Maasai community of Kitengela, near Nairobi, to create sustainable livelihoods. Traditionally, Maasai keep large herds of cattle, sheep and goats, which provide them with meat, milk, hides and income from sales.

 

BUT

 

Longstanding drought and the loss of land to developers have made keeping livestock an unreliable source of income. There is not enough grazing for both livestock and wildlife. Some people buy hay for the cattle, but it is very expensive and needs to be transported to the area. The Maasai beading tradition, which was our main source of income for the past three years, is losing steam as materials become increasingly expensive and cheap Chinese copies can be found all over the Internet.

 

SO

BEEKEEPING IS THE ANSWER!

WE HAVE TWO ACRES OF COMMUNITY LAND IN KITENGELA

 

WE ARE CREATING A BEE FORAGE GARDEN WITH EXTREMELY HARDY DESERT ROSES

AND OTHER SPECIES THAT FLOWER YEAR-ROUND TO ENSURE 3 OR 4 HONEY

HARVESTS PER ANNUM

WE HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY PERMITS

AND GEOLOGICAL STUDIES FOR A

BOREHOLE AND IRRIGATION SYSTEM FOR

THE BEE GARDEN.

 

WE HAVE A FANTASTIC TEAM OF EXPERTS

IN KENYA WHO KNOW ABOUT BEEKEEPING

AND REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE AND

WHO ARE KEEN TO SEE THIS PROJECT

FLOURISH



WE ARE WORKING WITH FOUR ROTARY

CLUBS IN KENYA AND FIVE ROTARY CLUBS

IN NEW MEXICO TO RAISE FUNDS

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WE HAVE TEAMED UP WITH THE WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (TWF) THAT HAS A COMPOUND                                                                                                      NEAR OUR LAND. THEY'RE LETTING US USE AN OLD GARAGE FOR OUR HONEY HUB                                                                                                            PROCESSING, PACKAGING, ETC.

A LOCAL HONEY BUSINESS IS LOANING US 50 HIVES TO START WITH. WE'LL

PAY THEM BACK WITH RAW HONEY UNTIL THE DEBT IS PAID OFF, THEN WE'LL

START BLENDING OUR OWN MAA HONEY

Our FIRST JAR OF ACACIA HONEY!!                                                                                                                                                                      

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The label is inspired by a traditional Maasai

necklace

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Our first beekeeping students get a taste of their fist harvest

WE NEED TO RAISE A TOTAL OF $85,000 TO COVER ALL COSTS FOR A PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

 

TRAINING

BOREHOLE INSTALLATION

IRRIGATION INSTALLATION

BEE GARDEN INSTALLATION

FENCING

HIVES

HIVE SUPPORTS

EQUIPMENT

COLLECTION BUCKETS

BOTTLES, JARS, LABELS

TRANSPORTATION

EVENTUAL RENOVATION OF SHED

SALARIES

CONSULTANCY FEES

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SUPPORT THIS AFRICAN-OWNED BUSINESS!

HOW TO DONATE

 

For a donation of $500 or more you get one of these ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS handmade Maasai baskets. They are made of woven palm leaf, lined with dark brown cotton and decorated with African fabrics and beaded designs. They are 15" tall and 15" wide. Extremely sturdy - great for shopping, storing newspapers and magazines, bath towels, toilet paper - and any other creative use you can think of. Each one is unique. No copies. No orders. You donate $500 or more, a basket will be shipped to you. Limited supply.

You can send money directly to Acacia Moyo LLC bank account by Zelle to ikimann@earthlink.net

Be sure to attach your name, phone number and email address

If you need a tax-deductible receipt, please donate via our fiscal sponsor here:

 

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ACACIA MOYO - WHERE TRADITION MEETS TECHNOLOGY is fiscally sponsored by Creative Visions Foundation (CVF). CVF is a publically supported 501c3, which supports Creative Activists who use the power of media and the arts to affect positive change in the world.