Alleviating extreme poverty and hunger through bee keeping project
CIBIC manages a bee keeping project supporting 70 Batwa families with a hive per household. The Batwa are trained to construct beehives, establish apiaries, manage and work with bees conveniently without harming them or bees harming the Batwa as it used to be while they were food gathers and hunters in the wilderness. CIBIC apprenticeship and outreach program helps achieve this.
The trained extension worker helps to keep the Batwa and there bee keeping projects up to date by encouraging them to clean there apiaries, inspect hives for bee performances, pests and diseases control among others.
The project also trains Batwa to add value to there bee products. These include honey processing and packaging. Wax processing and production of other several products like candles, body lotions and wax hand crafts in wildlife images.
The Batwa sale there products at the Grocery managed by CIBIC in the town near tourist lodges. Tourist buy some of these products as souvenirs. Lodges also buy for there clients. CIBIC mainly supply honey to volcano Safari Lodge and Mahogany springs Lodge.
Most of the honey is sold locally however, mainly as food and medicine. Quite often patient who have burnt bodies come for honey as medicine as well as those with cough. Some people also use honey as sugar alternative in there tea and other hot drinks.
Batwa honey is supplemented by honey produced from the training and production apiary as well as local non Batwa bee keepers.