Key activities include: buying equipment to make beehives and protective clothing; training women beekeepers and local carpenters; and hiring business staff. Members can buy hives on credit to be paid off when their honey is sold. Zembaba's vision is to develop into a profitable supplier of honey and beekeeping equipment that is co-owned and managed by women producers.
We received training in modern beekeeping methods, and we're beginning to enjoy the benefits. We get much more honey than before. Now I can buy basic necessities and send my children to school. I can buy clothes, pens and books for them. If we get additional, modern beehives, we will be able to sell more.
Mengiste Alemu, beekeeper, Ethiopia