In Chature village near Kathmandu, 64 women learned how to become beekeepers, forming a cooperative to sell honey to local stores and tourists in Nepal.
In September 2015, IsraAID launched its HoneyAID program in Nepal. A beekeeping school was opened in Chature village near Kathmandu, where 64 women learned how to become beekeepers, forming a cooperative to sell honey to local stores and tourists in Nepal. Each woman received one beehive stacked with a colony of local Himalayan bees to start her venture. For many of them, this beehive was one of the first things they completely owned, for their use only.
On January 20, 2016, beekeeping jackets were distributed to all 64 members of the project’s first group to help them protect them from stings. New bee colonies and bee queens are being raised on the HoneyAID farm, and the HoneyAID farm’s workshop staff are at work building new beehives to expand the project.
A Nepalese woman receives her first beehive
Copyright photos: IsraAID Nepal