Beekeeper, Bandson Tembo

Bandson is an industrious and experienced Beekeeper with 35 beehives. Presently, he wants to expand his business and he is excited that Jacana is considering providing him with an expert and a pump. For this reason, Jacana asks a small financial contribution from you to support Bandson.

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Expert Frank Leenen

Frank graduated as a tropical agronomist in Deventer, the Netherlands and has gained broad experience in various Latin American and African countries. Frank is proficient at assessing and describing opportunities in the area of rural development based on sustainable agricultural systems. Bee keeping for the production of honey, other hive products and pollination services, is his specific expertise.

May 2018

As agreed in the training with Frank Leenen, the participants meet once per 2 months. On the first of May four of the five participants met at Mr. Bandsons Tembo place to discuss about the progress made and see the bee business of Mr. Tembo. During the meeting the participants were sharing their experiences and challenges with each other and discussed about a flora calendar.

Mr. Bandson Tembo, beekeeper

First meeting at Bandsons farm

Next time they will meet at Mr. Krispin Daka’s place and together they will practice how to harvest honey. They will use protective clothes and the smoker. Mr. Bandson will teach how to harvest.

Bandson beekeeper

Showing a traditional hive

March 2018

Mr. Bandson is one of the five beekeepers in Chipata, Jacana is guiding. Jacana arranged a PUM expert from the Netherlands to train and guide these five entrepreneurs in expanding their beekeeping activities

First of all Frank from the Netherlands visited Mr. Bandson’s farm to see how he is managing the beehives. Mr. Bandson has 35 beehives and he wants to know more about beekeeping.

Frank interviews Bandson about his beekeeping activities.

After the visit Frank trained the five beekeepers in the basics of beekeeping. Know your farm animal (bee colony), protect yourself against the bees (bee suit and smoker), plan your activities. After the training the five beekeepers decided to meet each other every two months to do some assignments Frank gave them.

Bandson Tembo beekeeper

Bandson practices how to open a beehive.

February 2018 

Mr. Bandson, Mr. Chrispin and Mr. Benedicto had a skype meeting with Frank Leenen. Frank is a bee-expert from the Netherlands. Frank comes in March and he likes to know the bee-keepers from Chipata before he arrives in Zambia. The three bee-keepers (2 were not present) told about there beekeeping businesses and the challenges they face.

beekeepers skype meeting

Mr. Bandson had a skype meeting with Frank Leenen, bee-expert

December 2017

Because we have good hope that the few remaining coins will be donated soon, the drillers already made a pump for Bandson:

Hastings Mbewe and Steven Zulu had to work during the night to complete the pump installation at beekeeper Bandson Tembo. Reason for that was that one of the pipes had a slightly different dimension and had to be changed in town. But in the end everybody was happy and there was a lot of clean water. George Chulu made the pump.

Pump at Bandson Tembo

Pump at Bandson Tembo

Bandson Tembo is a Beekeeper with 35 beehives located at his Tuntumale B Tembo farm near Msekera. Bandson and his wife are parents of 6 children and grandparents of 4. Some of his children are helping out at the farm with the business. He supports his family through his beekeeping business.

Bandson and his wife with two of his daughters and two granddaughters

Bandson and his wife with two of his daughters and two granddaughters

Brandson in Training

Brandson in Training

Bandson has diversified and intensified in beekeeping since 1994 when he relocated his farm near Msekera turn off. Through this business, he has managed to raise his children and provide basic education.

At this moment, Bandson has 35 beehives spread all over his farm. He wants to expand this business and become a big supplier to a wider and better market. In spite of such a vision, his expansion was currently halted due to water challenges. Bandson had no reliable water source to manage 35 beehives. As you maybe might not know; bees need a lot of water producing honey. At now Jacana installed a rope pump on his open will.

Despite he is in beekeeping since 1994 he would like to gain more knowledge on beekeeping. That is why he asked Jacana to find an expert who can help him with specific problems he is still facing.

Jacana believes in the viability of Bandson’s business as an entrepreneur. For this reason, we are asking for your financial support to help Bandson.

Jacana will support Bandson with partly sponsored rope pump on an handdug well, expert and guidance:

So he can expand his beekeeping business.

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