“I realize there is money in beekeeping. I think it could alleviate poverty. That is what motivated me, although I really haven’t got that much benefit the way I would have loved to.”
The Life as Beekeeper
Who belongs to your family / who is living with you?
My name is Justine. I am married and I am the woman in this home. We have 6 children. So, we are about 10 in the family, including dependents.
How has beekeeping changed your life?
Bee keeping has changed my life but not so much. This year was not so good, but may be next year will be better.
How do you provide a good environment for your bees?
I clean around the place, we check if they are there and they sometimes come home to look for water especially during dry season.
What do trees mean to you and how can they be protected?
Yes, I have trees on the compound. They are good. They provide us shade.
We also use those ones for the bee keeping project and even firewood. So trees are important. We protect them by looking after them. You dig around them, prune them if they are over growing- especially these ones on the compound. And we make sure people do not cut them.
What is the most important thing in your life?
The most important thing in my life is hard work. I would wish to do business and get money. I wanted to eradicate poverty in my family and i want my children to be educated.
What are your biggest challenges and how do you plan to overcome them?
The biggest challenge is the difficulty in seasons we face as peasants. That affects crop yield because that is where we get some money from. To overcome these challenges, we have to cooperate as a family. Otherwise it is not easy if you go it alone.
What do you like to do in your free time?
During my free time I mostly stay here at home and I do sell a few merchandise items to raise some money.
Which place would you like to see once?
…going to see a place.., the one I don’t want is Rhino Camp. I can go to Kampala or Arua. I grew up here in Rhino Camp, so I need to go to a different place.