A women’s beekeeping co-operative in Bamyan province is going from strength to strength, thanks to support from your donations.
More than 280 women in the Katakhana Beekeeping Cooperative produce more than a ton of honey a year, which they are able to sell at local markets.
Since we started supporting the cooperative, we have helped with the purchase and running costs of a van, which is crucial for reaching women in more remote areas – and the van is driven by women who we have helped put through driving school. Although women drivers are not uncommon in Kabul, they are a novelty in Bamyan – under Taliban rule it was forbidden for women to drive on penalty of death.
We have also funded business training and helped with the costs of additional hives. The women have been trained on the maintenance of apiaries (the bee yard), especially on the steps needed to counter American Foulbrood disease. As a result, there has been a good rate of bee survival over the harsh winters.
This beekeeping cooperative is good for women, good for the minority Hazara community in the Bamyan valley and good for the environment.