We are working closely with melipona beekeepers (stingless bees) in the Yucatan Peninsula. We accompany them in the sustainable management of bees and we integrate then in a fair and responsible value chain. Through this initiative you are promoting the preservation of the melipona bees and the cultural aspects that surround them, as well as the conservation of their habitats.
With the funds we will invest in melipona hives that after a certain amount of time and love (lots) will be divided into new hives that will then be donated to new generations of melipona beekeepers from rural communities. Every year this hives will be divided and donated to more producers. 12 hives per producer will allow them to sell enough melipona honey at a fair price and have a yearly income that guarantees their families food security (after a year they can choose to divide the hives and double their production). The more hives we have the more families we can support !
All bee keepers we work with take part of environmental activities and have a commitment to reforest the areas they live in.
One hive is 200.00 dlls, if you donate one hive we will send you a sample of melipona honey ! (24g).
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Bees are insects, responsible for the pollination of 35% of agricultural foods in the world. There are about 20,000 species of bees, some are solitary and others are organized to live in colonies.
Within the great diversity of bees, meliponas, also known as stingless bees, differ from all others because they do not sting. There are more than 400 stingless bees identified, most live in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world and are fundamental for the conservation of forests and jungles.
In the Yucatan Peninsula we can find 17 of the 47 species of stingless bees recorded in Mexico. Some of them produce high quality honey that has been used since ancient times as a complement to the diet and for medicinal purposes. Melipona honey is used in the treatment of open wounds, and sores on the skin reducing and curing cataracts and conjunctivitis. Today Mayan communities use melipona honey for the treatment of diseases like as laryngitis, sinusitis, typhoid, bronchitis, cough and bacterial infections.
Despite the increasing demand of melipona honey, the marketing price in rural communities in Mexico is threatened by honey dealers that pay low prices, so it does not represent a cost-effective alternative for producers that motivates them to develop their activity sustainably. This situation leads to the extraction of honey from wild hives, which puts at risk both the bees and the tree species in which they nest.
Our first hive donation to Marisol, a young woman from a mayan community in Quintana Roo Mexico.
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