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Bweyeye Rwanda 2013
November 2012
Follow-up may 2013
Report august 2013
Final report december 2013




Improved beekeeping and setup of a modern unit of 100 hives which each can muster 25 kg honey a year in the region of the Nyungwe forest.

Duration: 10 jaar   

Cell: Gikungu
Sector: Bweyeye
District: Rusizi
Province of l’Ouest                                      

Requestor: Ir. GATETE Eustache

Description of the project :
Setup of a modern unit of 100 beehives around the Nyungwe forest.
Objectives :
(i) increasing the quality and quantity of honey on the local and national market.
(ii) improve the living conditions of the local population of the FNN.
(iii) planting of honey giving plants and fruit trees around the unit of the inserted honey hives.

Beneficiaries: local population of the FNN, about 12.567 inhabitants.

Budget: 5.286.480 RwFr

- Nature (climat change, nature catastrophes, ….)
- Shortage of Financial means to start the project.

Parts of the project:



Estimated cost



Forest management and sustainable practices


•  Production of honey producing plants and fruit trees.
• Information-Awareness Raising
• Formation and improvement of the capacities.
• Promotion of beekeeping.





Livelihoods and economic development.


Improvement of the quality and the quantity of the honey. (Purchase of modern hives)
• Support for the processing, storage
• Support for the commercialization.

Management of the project 


• Equipment and operation of the team that manages the project: ' beekit ' (gloves, bones, lamp,...)
• Acquisition of goods, services and the necessary work to proceed with the project.
• Administrative and financial management of the project.


Basic cost




Unpredictable costs  7%




General total 




Follow-up November 2012


  • Use of the pig stable for the beekeeping
  • Acquisition of 100 hives en appointment of 6 bee-keepers
  • The necessary training for the preservation of the environment
  • Ideal location
  • the quality of the honey through the near Nyungwe Forest
  • large market for honey
  • additional financial support is needed to expand this project

Finally, the activities in the above projects carried out after consultation with the Vleugels van Hoop and with the advice from the local leaders.

The strengthening of capacity in the new project 'Beekeeping' will play a very important role in the region economically, social and environmental ; a sincere cooperation between all storekeepers may form the core of all good results of the activities.

Note that all current projects are followed up (weekly) which is hopeful for future, good results and plays a major role for human food administration in the protection against erosion in order to achiove sustainable development with guaranteed profit.


Follow-up of the project May 2013

Achieved result



- Plantation of grains and plants
- Purchase of 30 Langstroth-hives
- Fabrication of 20 Kenyane-hives
- Placement of 50 traditional hives

- Too much rain from March till May
- Very poor knowledge on beekeeping

To be able to reach our objectives we made 2 study trips to cooperatives specialize in beekeeping

 - Purchase of materials e.g. goves, boots, rasters, extractor, honey capturing recipients



There is only 1 shop in Kigali ; to get the mat acceptable costs we decided to import

- purchasing of material has to happen in Dubai or Kenia as prices are significantly lower than at Api Business Developm. Cy. The outfits will arrive end of May.

  • Knowledge building beekeepers
  • Establish calendar activities
  • Adaptations and improvements at the evaluation

- There is not any modern unit close to Bweyeye
- Our unit is situated rather isolated so transport costs are high

Thanks to the cooperation of the members a calendar could be established in line with the strct order in which activities have to be done in the region of the  Nyungwe forest

Making available the hives and the materials


The positioning of the hives is depending on the height, wind direction and position of the sun rise.

Purchase book “Practical guide for beekeepers, basic knowledge beekeeping”

Insufficient knowledge with the beekeepers

The purchase of this book was essential to help us in the day to day activities



Click here to see the first images.


Report august 2013

Name project:

Improved beekeeping and setup of a modern unit of 100 hives which each can muster 25 kg honey a year in the region of the Nyungwe forest. (project 42)

General status:

In the general the status of the project “Beekeeping and setup of a modern unit of hives” is good, both related to tradiotinal as modern hives.
At the moment the project is focussing on:

  • Gathering the weak colonies
  • Introducing the waffled wax in the hives when the building up starts
  • Distribution of the beehives

On top of this the educated beehive keepers, who work with the hives every day, can improve their beehives-stable, besides the modern beehive-unit, on the citrus  fruits and eucalyptus to make the production more intense.


























Progress since last status report:

2 trainings were completed on:

  • Quality of the honey reflecting the health of the bees
  • Criteria for producing high quality honey
  • Condition and needs of the honey-producers

Financial status:

For above mentioned activities and some others during the first month after project start, 71% of the financial means have been spend i.e. 71% of 3.507.850 RwFr


  • Low control of the modern technical treatment of the modern hives bij de beehive keepers
  • Low knowledge of the farmers, about the role of the bees in the pollinisation and insufficient access for the beehive keepers to the  orchards of citrus fruits
  • The higher prices for the materials to store the honey and the honey culturing, in comparison with the prices in the initial project budget
  • Lack of a digital camera to take pictures of all phases of the project in reporting

Attached documents (pictures, reçu’s,…):

api1 api2

Pictures of the beehive keepers, maintaining and monitoring the traditional beehives, building the modern beehives, applying the waffled wax when building up starts.

P.S. Receipts of made costs will be included in the next report from Bweyeye


Final report december 2013

Report on the visit of Vleugels van Hoop to Bweyeye (by Eustache Gatete)
The journey from Kitabi to Bweyeye started at 08h55. At Pindura, around 11 a ’clock, we left the asphalt paved road. Since the beginning of the trip we drove through the Nyungwe forest (nowadays called National Park of Nyungwe).

From Pindura to Bweyeye we crossed 30 km more in the National Park. After leaving the park we enjoyed the beauty of the hills around Bweyeye. We arrived in Bweyeye around 12h30. The welcome was very warm. The road towards the family of Joseph was decorated with banana leaves. This means in our culture “Welcome!”.

At arrival Joseph’s family offered us a drink, after which we started the main activity of the day: visiting the beekeeping project. On our way to the hives we met Joseph and could start our visit.
We did put on protective clothes and the adventure could begin. We got a general explanation from Damien, who is responsible for the daily follow-up. Afterwards we were witness of the harvesting from the traditional beehive. Unfortunately Bernadette was stabbed! Jean de Dieu, the guard, saved her. Unfortunately, seen the circumstances, she could not further follow the harvesting of the honey. Also Lut, who removed a glove to take pictures, was stabbed. To me this was a sign of “Welcome” as nobody else was stabbed.

Clic on the picture to visit the project

We returned to the car and took the harvest to the family. At arrival we could wash our hands and tasted the honey and afterwards we all enjoyed lunch. Keeping in mind their limited resources these people have outdone themselves. We were even offered banana beer. We had lively talks and exchanged ideas. My father took the floor and expressed the wish that God would bless the people of Vleugels van Hoop in all they are realising (with God in front of their way, followed by the Angels).

It was good, what an incredible experience…but time was flying by and we had to return. Despite the heavy rainfall we could rejoice because of the cow. This one was donated by the organisation to the family. We took a lot of pictures before starting our way back. We left Bweyeye around 17 a’ clock to arrive at the Sisters in Rusizi around 19h30.