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Honey production

How has the Bumba Honey Centre affected people's lives?

How has the Bumba Honey Centre affected people's lives?

Mr Obert Sunguro’s story

Mr Obert Sunguro has been a bee-keeper since 1986. He has about 170 traditional bark hives that he has made himself (see cog 4).

He used to travel nearly 60km to sell his honey, but now he uses the Bumba Centre. He grades his honey at home then takes it to the centre, where he is paid a guaranteed price according to its quality.

He uses the more regular income provided by the centre to pay school fees for some of his six children and to buy necessities like soap.

Solomon and Nazareth Singizi’s story

Solomon and Nazareth Singizi are a father and son bee-keeping team. Solomon has been harvesting honey for about 40 years and has 110 traditional bark hives that he travels to by bus - some are up to 20km away!

Before the Bumba Centre opened, Solomon and Nazareth used to sell their honey to a buyer in Harare. They made little money and couldn’t afford proper equipment or protective clothing. However, with the increased income they are making by selling through the centre, they hope to develop their business by investing in new equipment and planting flowers that are good for honey.




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