Ghana is one of the largest producers of honey in Africa, and the beekeeping industry is a significant source of income for many rural communities. To support women beekeepers in Ghana, Koster Keunen West Africa provides training, resources, and support to women beekeepers.
Together with our partners in The Netherlands and West Africa, we created our sustainable program “We Are All One Hive”. It is a serious commitment to a healthy ecosystem and a fair and safe supply chain focusing on three pillars as guidance.
Our specific initiative involved a targeted group of 10 widows and 15 orphans. The widows were given 100 hives, and the orphans received 60. Alongside the provision of hives, we facilitated the necessary training and supplied protective gear.
At Koster Keunen, we know the world is interconnected and that is reflected in our corporate choices at all levels; from raw material traceability, to the source for our waxes, and the people we do business with. We believe firmly in leaving the world better than we found it that we started the initiative we call We Are All One Hive™.
In winter, nearly every culture celebrates light in the darkness and at Koster Keunen, we look back to our founder, Johanna Keunen, who made candles from the beeswax harvested from the hives she kept.
The BBC StoryWorks video, “Hive of Industry,” highlights Koster Keunen’s program of education and collaboration with West African beekeepers.