ZamHive provides rural communities with new sources of income in order to cut charcoal production and prevent deforestation.
Poverty and hunger are very prevalent in Zambia, with almost 60% of people living below the absolute poverty line. As a means of putting food on the table, many rural communities opt to cut down trees and sale charcoal to earn an income. The cutting down of trees however has high environmental consequences as it causes deforestation, contributing significantly contributing to climate change.
To help address the problems of rural poverty and climate change, my organization Dytech Limited Zambia provides ZamHive beehives, a proven poverty intervention system that is sustainable and environment friendly as it helps to reduce the cutting down of trees. They are a $4 solution made from unwanted wood waste and offcuts that can help rural communities to earn a 150% increase in income from honey sales as compared to that of crops such as maize of charcoal per kilo.
With the support of the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator, I will be gathering brief narratives about the communities and individuals engaged in our rural out grower scheme. The stories will be used as a means of exchanging strategies for communities involved in this project in order to foster a sustainable community development agenda that addresses climate change and sustainable poverty eradication systems.