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Walk with us. Let us lead you on a journey with the people and the bees of our project. In these blogs we talk about the triumphs and challenges that make every day an adventure with the Musanya Honey Co. Come on, it’s just a little way into the forest, and we’ll find some of the wild bees that make our pure, raw honey. Story-telling is a rich tradition here in the woodlands, and we invite you to share our honey and enjoy the stories of our community beekeepers.

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Walk with us. Let us lead you on a journey with the people and the bees of our project. In these blogs we talk about the triumphs and challenges that make every day an adventure with the Musanya Honey Co. Come on, it’s just a little way into the forest, and we’ll find some of the wild bees that make our pure, raw honey. Story-telling is a rich tradition here in the woodlands, and we invite you to share our honey and enjoy the stories of our community beekeepers.

Whoever coined the phrase “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”, never tried to move freight overland into the remote reaches of the Miombo Woodlands. The terrain is achingly beautiful, but unrelentingly rugged. It is hard on humans and savage on equipment.

The buzzing heart of the Musanya Honey project is the production of our hives in the Copper Belt town of Ndola which employs almost 40 local artisans to keep up with manufacture. The hive is based on the traditional Kenyan top bar hive. Top bar hives allow access to the honeycomb by simply raising the lid. Beneath, series of bars each holds a section of honeycomb that is easily removed and replaced.

Creating sustainable incomes for people in developing countries is a vital step in ensuring access to the kind of economic resilience required to lift people out of poverty. The watchword here is ‘sustainable’. Development organisations and NGOs globally have environmental concerns as a subtext to all their operations.

From its earliest beginning, Musanya Honey Co’s mission has been to encourage people to make a sustainable living from their natural environment. Socio-economic upliftment is a key part of our drive, but it is vital that this happens through “trade rather than aid”. It makes sense to empower people to determine their own future, rather than giving handouts.

For us at Musanya Honey, a hive isn’t just a box with some bees in it. It is so much more. It’s school fees for an impoverished rural child, running water for a village, family planning and primary healthcare for families. The list of benefits beekeeping can deliver to communities in a developing economy is a long one.

Musanya Honey Co. is, as the name suggests, a company that gathers and sells honey. This golden liquid is at the centre of our business of course, but we exist because of people. If honey is the heart of Musanya, then people are its soul.

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Musanya’s top-bar hives already at work in the trees of the Miombo Woodlands near the village of Kakoma in Zambia.
A time-lapse movie of villagers in Kakoma district assembling a Musanya top-bar hive for use in the surrounding Miombo Woodlands.