With the support of Cantone Ticino, Comune di Bioggio and private donors.
Excitement when a swarm of bees arrives at Casa Mabawa in June 2014:
perhaps a good omen!
Initially electing residence in the chimney, the swarm had to be dislodged but was able
to establish itself in a hive built especially for them.
And so the seed was planted for a project that many in the village had only dreamed:
In February 2015, a 2/3-year beekeeping project saw the light with the creation of the
“IKIMA” Apiculture Cooperative.
A few had some beekeeping experience but to really jumpstart the project, a beekeeping
workshop was held in June 2015 under the guidance of Jean de Dieu Barahira, one of the best Rwandan bee specialist.
Beekeeping has been a traditional activity in Rwanda for centuries, particularly among the Batwa Pygmies.
However the rudimentary practices to extract the honey often irreparably damaged the hives.
The project was able to really takeoff thanks to a successful fundraising campaign during FestaMabawa in March 2015.
In 2016, a “Honey House” has been constructed to treat honey harvests and processing market-ready honey.
The IKIMA Cooperative has received in January 2016 Rwandan government certification.
The Nyamyumba Beekeeping Project has 4 objectives to promote Community Prosperity and Wealth:
Beekeeping is a low-cost activity with excellent profit margins: the honey, wax and propolis are very much in demand with high value for money.
Nutrition and Diet
Honey, Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly are excellent dietary sources that can supplement a poor diet.
Beekeeping activities promote job creation, financial independence, and group coexistence, collaboration and cohesion.
Although traditionally men’s work, the women are also becoming beekeepers; the job empowers them, integrating them fully into the workforce while improving their families’ well-being.
50% of the IKIMA Coop are women and are an integral part of Nyamyumba’s economic and social fabric.
Beekeeping promotes and maintains forest biodiversity.