The resulting honey is rich, sweet and delicious. However, it’s what it can do for the women of the village that is really impressive. It wasn’t long ago that women were excluded from honey making altogether.
‘Traditionally it was the men of the village who produced honey, and we women were excluded. TA Foundation approached women in the village, and showed them that they could also produce honey.’ Said Suzanne.
‘Honey used to be harvested from high up in tall trees, the tree would be set on fire to scare off the bees, and the collecting was done in the middle of the night in darkness! This made it very dangerous, and with this way of getting honey it was difficult for the women of the village to take part.’Suzanne thinks for a moment before continuing ‘It makes me feel very happy, as something that was not possible is now possible. We would just stand by and watch as the men got the honey, now we have better knowledge and can get our own. The honey is good quality, and even if we make a smaller amount people will always buy. Previously, people would not try honey for 10 years! Now we have it all of the time, so people in the community are very happy.’