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Published on Feb 14, 2011
In a country rocked by civil strife, Hashoo Foundation's Women's Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Project Plan Bee was taking the sting out of unemployment rates in northern Pakistan. Plan Bee trained rural women in honey bee farming and created sustainable income generating jobs for women in this remote and isolated mountainous area. Plan Bee was transforming the lives of the women in Gilgit, Hunza-Negar, Ghizer, Chitral, and Kalash Valley.
Plan Bee's Impact from July 2007 to July 2010 when the floods started 512 Women trained in honey bee farming. 30 Tons of honey produced and sold. 4,000 Dependents obtained better nutrition, health and education 1,000 Girls and boys given access to quality school. 15% Increase in honey production. 32% Increase in women's household income.
Plan Bee is the Winner of the BBC/Newsweek World Challenge. The project served as a sustainable social-business model which used a multi-sector approach and promoted women as the means of their own economies.
Women who participated in the project held key leadership positions within the Honey Bee Associations. The women expressed they felt more socially integrated in a male-dominated enterprise, primarily because the project addressed the discrepancy between male and female beekeepers.
Plan Bee was based on a system of social barter, designed to promote social change. Hashoo Foundation bought the women beekeepers' honey above the market price and successfully linked them to the lucrative markets of ten 5-Star hotels and 90 grocery stores in Pakistan provided that the families agree to send their children to quality schools, have regular health check-ups and improve nutrition at home.
Hashoo Foundation's Women's Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming Project Plan Bee is a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Featured Commitment.