Karura Honey Project is comprised of a group of local people living on the edge of Karura Forest, just outside Nairobi. Each group member is given responsibility for at least two hives, with profits being divided based on productivity. Compassion CBO will help in identifying the market, as well as training and money management.

The Karura Honey Project began in 2012 when the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) gave a one-off donation of 100 bee hives, bee suits and a refinery to a group of local people living on the edge of Karura Forest, just outside Nairobi.

The group has 45 members, 27 of whom are women; they meet on the first Monday of every month to discuss their progress and any issues.
Unfortunately, the group got off to a rocky start – a lack of capacity building, combined with other factors such as the weather and pests like safari termites and black ants meant that honey production wasn’t as high as expected, so the little honey that was made was sold locally, rather than being marketed on a larger scale.

However, this year the group is undergoing retraining and the project is being restructured – each group member is given responsibility for at least two hives, with profits being divided based on productivity.
These changes mean that the groups are now aiming to produce one tonne of honey per annum. Compassion CBO will help in identifying the market, as well as training and money management.

The group are also looking at working on branding so that the honey can be introduced to bigger markets.