Budongo Women Bee Enterprise
BUWOBE focuses on honey production, processing and manufacture of beekeeping equipment. It trains women - who pay to be members of the enterprise in turn for receiving training and equipment - to manage hives and production. The women sell their honey and beeswax back to BUWOBE, who then markets the produce.
Building on its women members, BUWOBE raises communities’ awareness of climate change, sustainable land use practices and energy-saving technologies. The enterprise is also focused on sustaining the overall local environment, and works with beekeepers on replanting land affected by deforestation.
Budongo Women Bee Enterprise Group (BUWOBE) forms the core workforce of the BUWOBE enterprise. They recruit new farmers as well as to partake in additional activities organized through the enterprise.
Safeplan Uganda supports BUWOBE with training in beekeeping practices, candle making, and construction of energy-saving technologies such as cookstoves.
Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (Masindi branch) networks and links BUWOBE to markets or buyers. It also provides training in business and technical skills, and offers business incubation with the Uganda Industrial Research Institute.
The 2014 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.