Phones4Bees: Charity Wanting Used Phones
We are a small local software and beekeeping business, called Bee.Watch
This year we continue our work in this field developing apps and
beekeeping innovations, however, we also have an exciting collaboration
with a not for profit organisation in Kenya, working to help African
bee farmers out of poverty and we are starting this project with our
Appealing to people to donate their disused
phones to the campaign.
The phones will be used for the bee farmers to store their hive records,
beekeeping qualifications records and provide secure payment to them.
This payment is for the honey they provide to the local community honey
processing hubs that the project is setting up. The idea is to increase
the farmers access to markets including the export markets, something
that small rural bee farmer, that are living hand to mouth don't
currently have, by providing resources and business support we hope to
help them grow their production and therefore increase their income
security. And by promoting beekeeping this has shown in similar
projects to encourage increased biodiversity in an area due to the
increased motivation to provide extra forage for the bees.
This is also a
business that refugees can undertake who have no land to help them
re-build their lives.
We currently have the interest of 8 African countries. Burundi,
Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa and Uganda.
There are boxes in Just Trading and Bee zero in Wallingford for local
people to donate their phones, or they can post them to us or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for a postage label and jiffy bag.
For more information see: https://uwatch.co.uk/launch-of-phones4bees/.