These beehives provide a nature-friendly way for people to earn income from the sale of honey and can even help to conserve elephants.
When people and elephants live in close proximity, there can often be issues with elephants entering farmland and damaging crops. Poverty and insufficient incentives for local communities living in these areas sometimes leads to negative attitudes towards the wildlife can that damage livelihoods. Bees can act as a natural elephant deterrent, to keep elephants away from human settlements where they might come into conflict with people. Providing communities with these modern commercial beehives also helps to improve livelihoods, particularly for women.
“The initiative comes at a good time when there is a strong appeal to empower girls and women in my community. We no longer want to depend on our husbands, this business venture is a sure way of empowering the local communities financially.” – Antonella Mpario