A new photo exhibition showcasing the stories of people across the world working to lift themselves out of poverty has opened at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.
The exhibition, ‘In Their Lifetime – Celebrating 10 Years of Ground-Breaking Work’ features images from around the world, including the charity’s ground-breaking work Christian Aid has been doing with honey farmers in Kenya.
Christian Aid’s In Their Lifetime project has implemented “honey hubs” as training centres and collection points for farmers to bring their honey to be pasteurised and processed in preparation to be sold.
Christian Aid’s seed fund “In Their Lifetime” project has been supporting beekeepers to increase the quality and quantity of their honey, and secure better prices. Through newly-established ‘honey hubs’, isolated rural producers can now collectively process, store and sell their honey, and access loans and technical support. The project is also working to improve coordination and finance across the sector.
Although around eighty per cent of land in Kenya is suitable for beekeeping and honey production, most of the honey consumed in the country was imported from neighbouring Tanzania.
All four planned honey hubs are now fully operational, two of which opened six months ahead of schedule. They have bought more than 14.6 tonnes of honey from local beekeepers, and their sales of honey and wax have generated over £13,000 so far.
While the project originally intended for all four hubs to become independent businesses, the evidence has suggested that it would be better to form a single limited company to manage all four. The next stage of the projecy will focus on preparing for this transition.
Christian Aid Scotland philanthropy officer Nadia Cunden said: “This In Their Lifetime project had the ultimate, ambitious goal of restructuring the Kenyan honey sector to provide small-scale producers with profitable and resilient livelihoods.”
In Their Lifetime is a seed fund run by Christian Aid in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Central and South America.
The aim of the fund is to “take risks and push the boundaries of development work to improve the lives of the poor.”
In Their Lifetime – Celebrating 10 Years of Ground-Breaking Work can be visited at the Scottish Storytelling Centre until 28 September.