African Honey Bee (AHB) is a Christian Social Enterprise that enables families from severely disadvantaged rural communities to build sustainable micro-beekeeping businesses – producing raw honey of unrivaled taste and quality, using environmentally-friendly and ethical beekeeping practices.
Beekeeper families form groups where they undertake bible studies, save money, lend money to each other to start small businesses and cooperatively manage their micro-farming enterprises. AHB actively work with these groups providing technical and logistics support, low cost agri-inputs and access to markets.
In the last two years we have trained 1482 people in KwaZulu-Natal. So far, 962 (and counting) of these beekeepers (and their families) are actively keeping bees and many have started producing and selling honey.
The global shortage of honeybee products, especially those that comply with raw and fair-trade standards, means that there are exceptional opportunities for trained, committed beekeepers in these unspoilt areas. Beekeeping as a form of agriculture has an overwhelmingly positive impact on the natural environment, including pollination and improved yields of many food crops.
So bottom line: the AHB model is good for profit, good for people, and good for the planet.
The AHB Difference
Our programme scores high marks in terms of promoting:
- sustainable micro-enterprise development
- addressing solutions for food security
- capacity- building
- poverty relief
- organic agriculture
- preserving biodiversity
- enhancing agriculture through pollination
- creating new niche export markets
At African Honey Bee, we believe in helping rural, disadvantaged families transform their lives through their own God-given talents and the miracle of raw honey production on their doorstep.
The programme focuses on more than just skills development and job opportunities – our holistic approach empowers communities with the self-confidence and sense of hope that can ultimately build a viable, self-sustaining future free of ongoing grant or donor funding.
By using available natural resources, combined with the simple gift of vegetable seeds, a young fruit tree, day-old chicks and feed, or a flatpack (the materials for making a hive), AHB beekeepers and their families can be liberated from the cycle of poverty forever. They can be set firm on a path of controlling their own lives and providing for their families through their own efforts, no longer dependent on others for their wellbeing. AHB’s focus on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) – whether those assets are one’s family, the abandoned scrap material that can be transformed into beekeeping tools or protective clothing, or the timber offcuts that can build a beehive or chicken coop – allows us to give our communities a hand up, rather than a hand out.
Through family-owned and operated micro-beekeeping businesses in rural communities that can profitably compete in local and fair-trade markets.
At AHB, we produce traceable, gravity extracted, superior raw honey that is good to eat, good for the environment and good for the community.