Babli Devi, Rangila Devi, Dharmshila Devi, Sarita Devi, Poonam Devi, Ganga Devi, Priyanka Kumari and Asha Kumari
All-women beekeeper enterprise
A group of women started harvesting honey and ensured a steady source of income generation by selling the product in the local market. This group enterprise has been established, operated and managed by an all-women group under UN Women’s Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning (SCE) Programme in India. As part of UN Women’s SCE programme, they received financial and technical support and skills training from partner organisations PRADAN (Professional Assistance for Development Action)and AKRSP. PRADAN is the lead implementing partner, and AKRSP is a consortium partner for UN Women's SCE programme in India. As part of the training, the women were taken for exposure visits. They even received expert advice from scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK). They also received guidance to link their products with the markets and sell at profitable rates.AKRSP played a crucial role at the village level in supporting these women in acquiring the equipment for beekeeping. As a combined result of the women’s enthusiasm and the continued support provided by partner organisations, the women successfully established their Bee Keeping and Honey Harvesting enterprise. As a next step, they also started exploring wholesale markets/vendors for their next production, following which they were linked with the Dabur Company. This story has proved to be an impetus and a guiding example to other women/female groups/ SHGs, to collectively start group enterprise units.
State : Bihar
Gender : Female
Sector : Agriculture & Forestry