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African Bronze Honey Project - Global Sourcing Council 3S Award Submission (short version)

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Published on Jul 31, 2015

Almost 20 years ago, Zambian-Canadian eco-entrepreneur, Dan Ball went into remote north-western Zambia to help two-dozen struggling beekeepers. Today Dan has trained over 6000 beekeepers and they now produce 800 tonnes of certified organic honey annually. But with a growing list of people waiting to be trained and equipped as beekeepers, he needed to expand the market. So he turned to long-time friends, artist-entrepreneurs, Paul Whitney and Liz Connell, to create a market for it to North America. They created the African Bronze Honey Project to sell this honey as a fundraiser in schools and at socially conscious retail stores.
The beekeeping project trains and equips men and women in traditional forest beekeeping in a remote and undeveloped region of Africa. They benefit by owning and operating sustainable organic honey harvesting businesses. Family incomes double, increasing their standard of living and sending kids to school. With beekeeping as their livelihood, they learn that protecting their environment provides income. North American schools benefit from having high-quality, sustainably sourced products to fundraise with; they learn about issues related to development, sustainability and aid. Consumers benefit by knowing their purchases can change the world… one bottle of honey at a time!

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