Van Goey September 2009

Name: Amy Van Goey
Post: Founougo

Brief Project Description:

Apiculture Women’s Group
A Group of women will be working together to keep four active beehives for production and sale of honey. The project will include the instillation and fabrication of beekeeping materials. The materials include the hive, clothing, and tools which will ensure the safety of the women while working with the bees. After the instillation the women will harvest honey biannually and sell the product at the local market and shops. The women will routinely check the hive to insure activity, productivity, and general health of the hive.

Dates of Project: End of October
Number of People Involved: 17 Women will be involved in the Apiculture Women’s Group, including PCV. The women involved also work a large garden. The bees will help pollinate the garden and promote a healthier more appealing product. The profit from honey, in addition to the garden, encourages financial independence, autonomy and a sense of self worth.

Item Number Cost
Cement Bag 1 5.500 CFA
Metal Bracing Bars 2 2.000 CFA
Hive Cover 4 750 CFA
Wooden Slats 120 200 CFA
Screening 2 1.750 CFA
Carpenter 4.000 CFA
Mosquito Net 1 5.000 CFA
Wood Brim Hat 2 200 CFA
Fabric 2 (meters) 1.250 CFA
Tailor 1.000 CFA
Metal Smith 2.000 CFA
Tin Can 1 Donated PCV
Total Cost 23.650 CFA

Amount Requested: 50.000 CFA


GAD Coordinator: Great project idea, but lacking details. I would like more information on how they are setting this up – do they women already know how to care for beehives and harvest honey? Will there be a training? Who will install the materials and set it all up? How will the honey be marketed and sold? If Amy can answer these questions, recommend funding.
GAD Finance: I have the same questions. How are the women being trained to make/maintain the beehives? Recommend funding provided Amy gives more information.
GAD Specialist: I agree 100% with your concerns. Recommend funding if details are given

Closing Report

Brief Project Description:

A women’s group starts Apiculture. Four beehives were constructed on two different days. The first day was to pour the foundation of the hive, including the walls and base. The second day was to assemble the hive and place the bees. The placement of the bees was assisted by the president of the local sector of the beekeeping NGO which the women are associated. The NGO also provide the starter queen bee and worker bees. The women also attended two informational sessions about how to bee keep. Topics which were covered included, but were not limited to: general knowledge about a hive and bees, how to start a hive, how to check the hive, and how to harvest the honey. A demonstration was given to show how to harvest the honey, and there will be a representative present for the women first harvest.

Dates of Project: October 21 & November 11, 2009
Number of People Involved: 19 women are involved in the group for beekeeping, including the volunteer. All of which are over 25 years of age. During the two days of assemblage of the hive, 9 women (including volunteer) were present on the first day. 13 women were present for the second day to assemble the hive. On both occasions the president of the local sector of the Apiculture NGO was present, a man in his 40’s.

Goals of Project:

The main objective of this project was the assemblage and commencement of beehives for the women’s group. Included in this was the ability and knowledge for the women to maintain their own hives with the intention of selling the honey for profit.

The objectives were met. The majority of the women have a clear understanding of how to start a hive as well as how to care for it. The women are also in close contact with the NGO, for any questions which develop while the women are still learning beekeeping.

Strengths of Project:

The involvement and support of the NGO has benefited this project. The NGO has taught the women everything they know about apiculture, and has be present at every stage of starting the hive, as well as have plans to continue with this level of support.

Challenges of Project:

Total group participation was the largest weakness of the project. At both days for assembling the hive women were not present, even after the dates were rescheduled to accommodate everyone. There were also women absent at the informational sessions. Also the women decided against purchasing the protective wear for beekeeping. They plan to borrow the gear when needed from the president of the local sector of the NGO. This choice could lead to a reliability on the president, and take away from the autonomy of the group.


Item Number Cost
Notebooks 3 450 CFA
Wood plank 4 24.000 CFA
Cement package 1 5.500 CFA
Metal bars 2 4.000 CFA
Mosquito Net 1 3.000 CFA
Metal sheets 2 5.000 CFA
Handle 1 4.000 CFA
Wire 1 3.500 CFA
Total Cost 49.450 CFA
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