Propolis and Social Enterprise in Uganda
Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is believed to reinforce the structural stability of the hive, prevent diseases and parasites from entering the hive, and to inhibit bacterial growth.
Because of its high amount active compounds it is thought to have a broad spectrum usage with antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties used in treating human disorders and diseases such as open wounds, sinus congestion, colds, influenza, bronchitis, intestinal infections, ulcers, eczema eruptions, warts and conjunctivitis, to name a few.
Propolis may be used by everyone, sick or healthy, as a means of protection against microorganisms. Propolis may cure many diseases because it is a special natural substance with strong effect. It can be used as part of your daily program of supplementation. It has helped the bee society survive and thrive for over 45 million years – just think what it could do for you!
The Happy Herb Company gets our propolis (both spray and candies) from Malaika Honey, who work with local beekeepers in Uganda as part of a USAID program aiming to increase household income for up to 1,800 producers and to strengthen apiculture as a sustainable local enterprise over the next five years:
“Malaika will provide technical training and a market for the honey at competitive prices. Karamoja honey is highly prized for the flavor produced by bees feeding on the local Acacia flowers. Building on Uganda’s rich beekeeping experience, the Program will merge both traditional and improved beekeeping practices to increase production and colonization rates of hives. “Our partnership with Malaika Honey will help us meet the shared objectives of generating new, sustainable production of honey, and income earning opportunities for marginalized households,” said Bick Riley, Chief of Party for the RWANU Program …
RWANU’s integrated approach will deliver a comprehensive package of nutrition, health, hygiene, and livelihood interventions to households and communities. Household resilience will be increased through improved crop and livestock productivity, better natural resource management, more diversified income sources, increased integration into markets, strengthened health services and improved capacity. In its collaboration with Malaika Honey, RWANU aims to contribute to the further development of the honey sector while increasing access to food through the adoption of honey production and increased linkages to domestic and regional markets.”