Kenya, often hailed for its rich biodiversity and natural resources, finds itself in an intriguing situation when it comes to honey production.
Despite having the capacity to yield five times more honey than its current production, the country imports a staggering 80% of its honey consumption.
In this landscape, Savannah Honey, led by visionary CEO Kyalo Mutua, has emerged as a beacon of hope and transformation.
Kyalo Mutua’s journey into the world of beekeeping began in 2013.
Initially an urban planner by profession, he stumbled upon the idea of selling bee pollen and recognized the immense potential it held.
Embracing beekeeping wholeheartedly, he leveraged his newfound connections with farmers to establish Savannah Honey.
Beekeeping, renowned for its sustainable economic model with minimal labor and zero inputs, became the cornerstone of Kyalo’s enterprise.
But what set Savannah Honey apart was its innovative approach – empowering urban dwellers to utilize their idle lands productively through managed bee farms.
This unique proposition resonated with city inhabitants, allowing them to cultivate their apiaries while simultaneously tending to their urban responsibilities.
As Kyalo aptly puts it, “The sweet promise of beekeeping’s potential was too irresistible to ignore.” The venture started modestly with a capital of Ksh 300,000 and today proudly collaborates with over 4,500 farmers, having flourished into a multi-million-dollar company.
Savannah Honey’s approach is multifaceted, focusing on empowerment, education, and market access.
The company supplies beekeeping equipment at reasonable prices, coupled with essential technical support to ensure healthy bee colonies.
Additionally, Savannah Honey provides a steady market for the beekeepers’ products.
Currently purchasing honey at KSH 500 per kilogram, bee pollen at KSH 6800 per kilogram, propolis at KSH 1900 per kilogram, royal jelly at KSH 38000 per kilogram, wax at KSH 700 per kilogram, and bee venom at KSH 40000 per gram, the company not only drives economic growth but also promotes the use of bee products in various applications.
Savannah Honey has expanded its reach across six countries, including Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, and Namibia. By harnessing bee pollen’s potential, the company produces supplements for ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, skin issues, weight loss, and even libido-related concerns.
Propolis, a resinous substance collected by bees from trees, finds its way into tinctures, honey suspensions, lip balms, creams, soaps, and various hygiene products. The versatility of bee products is truly remarkable.
Bee venom, often dubbed “nature’s toxin,” holds the potential for treating HIV/AIDS, arthritis, and even breast cancer, while also contributing to anti-aging remedies.
It’s not limited to these applications; bee venom can treat muscle conditions such as fibromyosis and enthesistis and may also improve certain medical conditions such as rheumatoid and chronic pain.
It even helps in reducing facial wrinkles by decreasing total wrinkle count and average wrinkle depth.
However, the journey to success is not without its challenges.
When Savannah Honey embarked on its mission, securing honey harvested with modern techniques, particularly honey extractors, proved difficult due to high demand and the prevalence of traditional hives.
As Kenya aims to further bolster its honey industry, the need for hygienic and efficient production methods becomes increasingly vital.
In a bid to uplift the youth and transform the honey landscape, Savannah Honey has embarked on strategic collaborations.
An agreement with the Youth Fund seeks to empower 10,000 young individuals in modern beekeeping practices.
Furthermore, the partnership with GIZ aims to empower 2000 youth across Kisumu, Kakamega, Bungoma, Siaya, and Vihiga Counties through the Agri Jobs-4-Youth initiative.
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