Problem: Poverty and hunger are very prevalent in Zambia, with almost 60% of people living below the absolute poverty line. As a means of putting food on the table, many rural communities opt to cut down trees and sale charcoal to earn an income. The cutting down of trees however has high environmental consequences as it causes deforestation, contributing significantly contributing to climate change.
Solution: ZamHives is double-decker $4 low cost, high productive beehives made from unwanted wood waste and offcuts from commercial wood processing centers and plantations.
Goals and objectives: ZamHive aims to address the problems of rural poverty and climate change through providing rural communities with new sources of income in order to cut charcoal production and prevent deforestation.
Implementation: Dytech Limited Zambia, a social and export enterprise developed a protected designed beehive that is moveable, durable and productive ZamHive beehives, a proven poverty intervention system.
The productive ZamHive eco-friendly design boosts productivity, increasing honey production per beehive from 15 kilograms to 75 kilograms per season. The solution helps rural communities to earn a 150% increase in income from honey sales as compared to that of crops such as maize of charcoal per kilo.
Hives are consigned to outgrowers, engaging them to produce honey for increased production for export into global markets such as Germany, China, Egypt and South Africa. Payments to outgrowers are provided in cash, supplies or solar products.
Dytech Limited also provides training for rural outgrowers, many of them women. With the initial number of trained 100 women and the distribution of one thousand ZamHives® units the increased demand resulted in equip the extra 200 youths and women who turned up for training with beehives from export revenues.
The social impact on communities gets bigger as they are now benefiting more than ever because the honey is being exported to global markets. It’s been a very important moment that has brought more beehives and ultimately money into the communities from other awards such as from Gates Foundation and the Dubai Impact Grant.
Dytech Limited have reached a deal with two Chinese companies who will buy 500 tons of honey – both in bottles and bulk loads of the branded SweetHarvest™ Pure Honey – for the 2019 to 2020 period. The company exported 80 tons of honey to Germany and 20 tons Egypt since December 2018.
Now the company is poised to export the largest single honey consignment of 200ton from Zambia to Germany and China in 2019.
P.O.BOX 38937, Lusaka, Zambia
Mr. Alan Chanda, CEO