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.
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.
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
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!!
The label is inspired by a traditional Maasai
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.
BEE GARDEN INSTALLATION
BOTTLES, JARS, LABELS
EVENTUAL RENOVATION OF SHED
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 email@example.com
Be sure to attach your name, phone number and email address
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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.