"If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? "(James 2:15-16)
African Honey Bee (AHB) is a Christian Social Enterprise that enables families from severely disadvantaged rural communities to build sustainable micro-beekeeping businesses – producing raw honey of unrivalled taste and quality, using environmentally-friendly and ethical beekeeping practises.
In the last two years we have trained 1200 people in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, 700 of whom were from Northern Zululand. So far, 425 (and counting) of these beekeepers (and their families) are actively keeping bees and many have started producing and selling honey.
The global shortage of honeybee products, especially those that comply with raw and fair-trade standards, means that there are exceptional opportunities for trained, committed beekeepers in these unspoilt areas. Beekeeping as a form of agriculture has an overwhelmingly positive impact on the natural environment, including pollination and improved yields of many food crops.
So bottom line: the AHB model is good for profit, good for people, and good for the planet.
The AHB Difference
Our programme scores high marks in terms of promoting:
- sustainable micro-enterprise development
- addressing solutions for food security
- capacity- building
- poverty relief
- organic agriculture
- preserving biodiversity
- enhancing agriculture through pollination
- creating new niche export markets
Our leadership team has a genuine passion for social development matched by decades of experience in beekeeping.
The core team at AHB includes:
African Honey Bee's senior beekeeper. Victor started beekeeping in 1993. He has worked for many commercial beekeeping companies and has been mentored by beekeepers such as Anton Schehle. He has a passion for helping people, and his friendly, jovial personality is appealing to school children, rural communities and beekeepers alike.
AHB's operations manager holds a BSc in Construction Management. Kobus has an impressive history of project management, financial management, 'Not for Profit Organization' management and entrepreneurship. He has a particular skill for finding creative, practical solutions in challenging situations.
African Honey Bee's logistics manager. Besides driving, organizing stock and managing a large staff force, William has been beekeeping since 2007. He started working for African Honey Bee in 2016 and has been involved in stakeholder relations, data capture and training planning. William is a hands-on guy, who gets things done.
AHB's senior beekeeping advisor is a renowned beekeeping and bee-plant expert who has published many articles, and edited, authored and contributed to many globally recognised beekeeping publications. In addition to advising AHB, he has edited the AHB manual and provided research on the bee-plants in Bushbuckridge.
African Honey Bee's data manager and junior trainer. With a passion for working with school children and rural communities, Refilwe sees self-sufficiency as a key attitude that the people she works with need to develop. Refilwe started working at African Honey bee in 2016 and has contributed to collecting data, measuring poverty and training rural families.
AHB's data scientist. Coming from many years of forestry, data management and systems development, Carolyn records and assesses project progress, to measure the level of impact. She is passionate about sustainable livelihoods, and natural resource management, especially in the role they play in alleviating poverty holistically.
Zodwa Makhoba is a 2016 graduate of the African Honey Bee programme in Sokhulu. One could say, she was top of her class, and is now benefiting from honey, veggie and egg sales. We were so impressed with her, that we have asked her to join our team.
AHB's founder, is a Christian social entrepreneur who has been involved in social development for more than 25 years and has developed specialist expertise in developmental beekeeping. Guy is passionate about biblical-based microfranchising as a solution for alleviating spiritual and physical poverty.