Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Beekeeping in Botswana
Explain your project in details:
Our main objective is to produce raw and organic honey in Botswana. To promote good public health through the use of honey in our diet. Tshepi beekeeping keep bees,conserve them for the production of honey and bees wax.We do the whole value chain as beekeeping is still practiced at a low level in Botswana and few people are involved in the industry.Therefore, Tshepi beekeeping is involve in keeping the bees,processing, packaging ,distribution , training and supply of beekeeping equipment. Tshepi beekeeping offer internship and research opportunity to university students.In addition, the company is now adding value to honey produced by making by products such as honey juice. To improve food security and job creation. To maintain a sustainable and aprofitable business.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Tshepi beekeeping created employment for 12 young people.We offer intentioships to undergraduates and we also help community start beekeeping
Sustainability and future plans
In 2011, Tshepi beekeeping manage to secured 2 commercial beekeeping plots, a youth fund (P83 900.90) from ministry of youth, a grant (P100 000.00) and a twelve months mentorship at Kick start competition sponsored by Kgalagadi Breweries Limited. In addition, the company was awarded first position at an Agricultural Youth fair hosted by the ministry of Youth. In 2012 Tshepi beekeeping exhibited at BOCCIM Youth Expo where it capture the eyes of the media and it success story was published in Mmegi volume 29 and Radio show called Meet the overcomes at Duma FM.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Tshepiso Marumo is from Metlobo village in Southern district of Botswana. I am 31 years of age. I currently hold an honors degree in Business with Anglia Rusking University and pursuing masters in business administration.Tshepiso is an author, a motivational speak and a youth ambassador and an accredited trainer. Tshepiso is a director of Tshepi beekeeping t/a The zone 4 life group of company. One day, I was researching on internet and I remembered the bees story that was in the article. I started to make a deep research about beekeeping. I was impressed by what I saw in the internet. I decided that I will do beekeeping as an alternative source of income for my family. I went to Ministry of Agriculture and inquire more information about beekeeping. Fortunately they offered me a course in beekeeping. I got registered with institutions such as the business place for business training courses and the business clinic for an exposure. I had challenges; I had an idea but had no funds or land. When I started my project my family was not interested in this idea of bees, but wanted me to focus in my study so that I get a good job. I was a University student. I started ways of generating funds for my idea. So I started to save some of my monthly allowances in one of the banks and invest in stock markets to raise funds for my project.