Bees Abroad

Beekeepers for Life: Empowering Women

Our Bees Abroad initiative trains & supports women to become skilled beekeepers, community leaders, trainers & entrepreneurs, through our sustainable beekeeping training model with expert field practitioners. Alleviating poverty by creating Beekeepers For Life in rural communities across Africa.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1108464)

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Championed by The Coles-Medlock Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


Multiple locations


Rural women throughout Africa have encountered many barriers to becoming beekeepers, from its perception as an all-male domain and a lack of capital to access training and purchase hives and bee suits. Women also are disadvantaged with little if any economic independence and huge economic pressures in providing food security as crop yields diminish, as well as healthcare and education for their children.


Bees Abroad empowers women through beekeeping. We educate and train women in rural villages to become beekeepers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. We aim to see family lives changed as the women learn new skills which provide a sustainable income and livelihood. We see natural environments improved through conservation and crop yields increased through pollination. We aim to increase women's level of economic independence, improve their position in society and build a strong community of beekeepers.

  • “I am delighted to lend my support to Bees Abroad by becoming a patron. Through its imaginative and wholly practical work, the charity promotes the skills of beekeeping in a way that empowers and educates the communities in which it operates."

    — Archbishop Justin Welby

  • “We have better health. The world is a better place to live in”.

    — Mount Rwenzori Rural Talent Participant

  • “Our children study in good schools”.

    — Mount Rwenzori Rural Talent Participant

  • "I have seen first hand the empowering effects of beekeeping in the developing world, the benefits are remarkable and surprising too. Some communities even use beehives to protect their crops from elephants! This is exactly the sort of initiative that really makes a difference in people's lives.

    — Adam Hart, Professor of Science Communication, University of Gloucestershire and BBC 2 Presenter