In 2020 we launched the Saving the Wild Bee Keeping Project in Kenya in the race to save the Kimana Wildlife Corridor and secure critical wild land for elephants and all wildlife in the greater Amboseli ecosystem. To support the project, Saving the Wild produced ‘Kimana Tuskers’, an award-winning short film of epic proportions that tells the story of a vanishing landscape, seen through the eyes of vanishing giants. So far 200 hives have been successfully rolled out – with profits from the sale of the honey invested into an education scholarship fund for daughters of the Maasai landowners.
The next phase will fulfil our longterm vision of women empowerment in Africa.
Saving the WILD WOMEN: Financial independence through beekeeping.
The model is simple because bees are extraordinary and honey is the gift that keeps on giving. For every US$20 000 of start-up capital raised we guarantee financial independence for 20 ambitious Maasai women, between the ages of 18 and 21. Within one year they will be earning more than what they earn now working six days a week as farm labourers. And within two to three years they’ll be earning more than what most people earn throughout the greater Amboseli ecosystem. They will be business owners, not employees, earning enough money to support up to 20 dependents.
- Working in harmony with nature to enable women empowerment and financial independence.
- Securing wild land within the Kimana Wildlife Corridor and Greater Amboseli ecosystem, thus ensuring a future for the last great tuskers, all elephants and all wildlife.
- Increase the population of bees, creating a more healthy and robust ecosystem. Preservation of bee colonies is vital to the planet – with at least one third of food production reliant on bees.