B.Barefoot Honey Social Enterprise

B.Barefoot Honey is a social enterprise supporting rural women and grassroots organizations to undertake sustainable beekeeping activity.

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  • English

Organization name

Barefoot College, Tilonia

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10 - 50

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Headquarters location: Country

  • India

Headquarters location: City

Tilonia, Ajmer District, Rajasthan State

Location(s) of impact

Tanzania: Unguja, Pemba, Arusha India: Uttarakhand, Kerala Burkina Faso: Nobili Liberia: Buchanan



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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

B.Barefoot Honey addresses the following problems, faced by the last-mile rural communities: 1 Increased dependence on, and reducing returns from, conventional farm-based income sources. 2 Disproportionate distribution of work burden between men and women in rural areas, due to distress, migration and urbanization. 3 Lack of skills and avenues for alternate and additional sources of income in Hinterlands. 4 Absence / limited reach of ecosystem enablers and government support systems for livelihood and enterprise.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

With a holistic approach to Apiculture, B.Barefoot Honey engages rural women in the production of pure and natural honey. We facilitate structured and hands-on beekeeping training programs, provide the required equipment with a built-in recovery model and procure the extracted honey at fair market prices to further sell it to high-end consumers. Our model creates shared value by – 1 Collaborating with committed ground partners that are trusted by the beneficiary community. 2 Leveraging inclusive and participatory approaches to scout for, and select beneficiary groups. 3 Providing consistent support and continued capacity building to the beneficiary. 4 Promoting gender equity through a changed perception of gender roles and abilities. 5 Promoting sustainable practices through environmental stewardship workshops. 6 Building awareness of nutrition and family health. 7 Easing income generating without compromising on women’s daily chores and family needs.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Since its inception in 2015, B.Barefoot has been operating in 3 locations–Zanzibar (Tanzania), Uttarakhand (India) and Kerala (India). We have a 4-pronged approach to impact– Livelihoods and income: Scale–36 women have enrolled in the program. Zanzibar–12, India–24 Depth–437 USD of income expected per year per woman in Zanzibar and 369 USD in India Interest-free Credit of 200 USD for procurement of equipment, to be paid back in 40 months in Zanzibar and credit of 308 USD, to be paid back in 40 months in India Life-skills: Scale–24 women + 6 local staff trained in beekeeping (India) 12 women + 3 local staff trained in beekeeping (Zanzibar) Environmental Stewardship: Scale–30 persons sensitized through workshops Depth–Potential of 10 Kgs of honey to harvest per hive through sustainable beekeeping Pollination and Biodiversity: Scale–64no. of bee boxes with an approximate 640,000 no. of bees (India) 50no. of bee boxes with a total approximate of 2,000,000 no. of bees (Zanzibar

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Source # Present vs Target mix (%) 1. 00 05 2. 80 10 3. 15 05 4. 05 60 5. 05* 20* *To reduce strain on, and catalyse, the financial sustainability of our working model and the enterprise, given the long gestation period - from scouting and selection, to harvesting and collection, and down to the final sale, we plan to cushion our working capital needs by procuring honey from existing local beekeeping cooperatives, in turn helping them get market linkages and we get reasonable revenues for reinvestment. The said co-ops or collectives not only go through quality assessments (for process and product) but also get relevant training for sustainable beekeeping. At the same time ensuring that such revenue, in the long run, does not exceed more than 30%.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

B.Barefoot Honey transforms rural women into pollinators of social change and community transformation through a market-based livelihood intervention that: Ensembles key touch points across the entire honey value chain Embodies rural knowledge & wisdom Entrusts inclusive growth via community participation Embeds transformational leadership Entrenches sustainability Ensures fair price Enhances income & savings Elevates confidence & aspirations Endorses responsible & conscious consumption

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

The Barefoot Approach, since inception in 1968, has a multidimensional view of poverty alleviation for last-mile development and growth. To build peaceful and inclusive communities we go beyond monetary terms and address essential needs/problems of the poor. We provide them with the freedom to pursue what they see as most valuable for gaining better control over their own socio-economic aspirations. B.Barefoot Honey is an organic extension, of Barefoot College’s Solar Engineering & Electrification Program, to improve scope and depth of impact by broadening avenues for livelihood generation at the last-mile. Barefoot values like immersive and experiential learning, co-creation and appreciation for traditional knowledge are a pedestal for our like-minded, committed and self-driven management team of professionals, from varied walks of life.

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Photo of Ilta Paavolainen

Work hard. Put great efforts..

Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Your work is amazing. I loved the message and everything you had proposed to empower these women. Sounds really good. Good luck and go ahead. Best regards.

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Dear Mouhamadou, thanks a lot for your support! Your page is in Portugese so could not understand everything but we wish you all the best for your project as well!

Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Thank you for the support. Best regards.

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We love your idea of integrating a market-systems approach into your project and facilitating a sustainable model that takes into account women's social and economic needs!

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Dear S3IDF Team. Thanks for your support and feedback! The scale of your work is impressive! Small scale indian farmers definitely need support! All the best