Farmer and beekeeper, Maria
Maria is doing all she can to improve the life of her family and community. She grows several crops, keeps pigs, chicken and bees. She is one of the few people who speak English in her village and volunteers as a teacher at the community school.
Maria had no water source close by. Collecting water for animals and household was a heavy and time consuming task. With water close to her house and farm, she saves lots of time and can do so much more.
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.
Maria is married and has two children and two foster children and lives in Msekera area. She does everything to improve the life of her family and community. She grows several crops, keeps pigs, chicken and bees. She is one of the few people who speak English in her village and volunteers as a teacher at the community school.
She is a dedicated volunteer teacher and tries whatever she can to improve the schooling of rural children in het community.
Guiding & Monitoring data
The second meeting with the five beekeepers was held on 23 of June. The beekeepers informed each other about what the status is of their beehives. At this meeting one experienced beekeeper came to instruct how to harvest the honey. Unfortunately there were not enough suits. It was not possible for everybody to harvest. And in Mary’s case she is actually not the one harvesting, but her husband and son.
Maria 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 Maria’s farm to see how she is managing the beehives. Maria had 5 beehives, but unfortunately 2 were stolen. She is trying to make a local beehive to replace the two.
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.
Jacana will support Maria with:
- An affordable partly sponsored borehole and hand pump
- An expert in beekeeping
Jacana will guide Maria for one year in the expansion of her business.
Maria is a very active small scale farmer, teacher and mother. She farms her land, keeps chicken, pigs and bees. She also runs a household with two children.
Maria is living in a hard to reach village though relativly close to Chipata town. She is one of the few people who speak English in her village and volunteers as a teacher at the community school. As you can see in the picture, Maria helped her fellow students during the Jacana Business training. Maria is not only very active, she is smart as well. Jacana believes in her business potential and therefore guides her and provides here with a partly sponsored borehole and pump.
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