Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Mount Holyoke College - Cristal Montañéz Baylor Delivers Keynote Speech "Empowering Women with the Help of Honey Bees" at the VI Five College Model United Nations (FCMUN)
Monday, April 15, 2013
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
USAID, Small Grant Ambassador Funds Program (SGAFP) and Hashoo Foundation Build the Capacity of 250 Women
Building Capacity For Women Beekeepers
USAID and Small Grant Ambassador Funds Program (SGAFP) in partnership with Hashoo Foundation, helped build the capacity of 250 flood affected women beekeepers in 5 villages in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 3 villages in Chitral.
Hashoo Foundation formed 9 "Honey Business Groups" and distributed 750 beehives and production kits to the women beekeepers after completion of the trainings.
Hashoo Foundation Imparted VCD Training to 250 Women Beekeepers of Gilgit-Baltistan & Chitral
Mr. Kamal Uddin, Program Manager Enterprise Development conducted the trainings in Danyore, Oshikandas, Hunza, Chantorkhand and Gupis, in Gilgit-Baltistan, and Mough, Murdan, and Booni in Chitral. The trainings aim to make the beekeepers aware about basic knowledge of value addition techniques and VCD concepts and how value addition can help them to enhance demand of their product and expand market of honey. He fostered their understanding on steps of VCD from quality assurance processes, packaging, and marketing at the same maintaining supply of the products made of honey in a systematic manner.
Importance of Quality Assurance
Highlighting importance of quality assurance Mr. Kamal briefed trainees that quality of a product is the main factor, which leads it from production to a finished good. He further briefed them about strategies on maintenance quality from production process to its marketing.
To make the training participatory, facilitator arranged group activities, where they opening discussed on VCD mechanism. Later they presented group work using flip charts and white board.
Feedback of Participants
Sharing feedback trainees said that the training is eyes opener to upgrade their business through value addition of honey. They paid gratitude to Hashoo Foundation for imparting the training to help improve their living standards in the remote and vulnerable area of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Shigar Village, District Skardu in Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan.- The Replication of Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming “Plan Bee” Project in the Village Shigar in District Skardu has enhanced the skills of another 50 women. Hashoo Foundation in partnership with a donor foundation procured 250 beehives and production kits, and distributed among the 50 trained beekeepers.
A cluster-based association of the newly trained 50 women beekeepers was formed in Shigar Valley and registered under the umbrella of the Marphi Local Support Organization (MLSO).
1. 300 gm. jar
2. 500 gm. jar
3. 1kg jar
- 50 women identified, mobilized, trained and distributed production inputs in Shigar Valley in Skardu
- 250 beehives and production kits distributed
- 1,980 Lb. (900 Kg.) honey produced
- $5,200 (PKRs. 500,000) earned by the Honey Business Group in 2012
- 218 children have access to quality education
- 289 indirect dependents benefit from this project
- Women involvement in decision-making is to increased to 100%
- Extra income have spent on health care
- Developed women business group
- Developed brand of honey
Monday, March 25, 2013
Women Beekeepers Form Honey Business Group and Create and Market Their SADA Pure-Honey Brand
SADA Pure-Honey Brand
SADA Pure-Honey Packaging
The SADA Pure-Honey is processed locally and packaged in food graded plastic jars. Currently, SADA Pure-Honey is available in two different sizes:
1) 300 gram jar
2) 500 gram jar
Specialty Outlet for SADA Pure-Honey
In addition to developing an independent brand and label, the women beekeepers of the SADA Honey Business Group of Producers identified and capitalized on a niche market for their honey and opened a specialty store that caters to tourists who have resumed visits to the remote mountainous Skardu region. These tourists are mostly from Japan and Northern Europe, and they pay premium prices of $12-$16 per Kg. (depending on availability) for SADA Pure- Honey.
- 40 beekeepers were identified, mobilized and provided with beehives
- 20 women beekeepers; 20 men beekeepers
- 80 beehives were distributed to the targeted beekeepers
- 2 beehives per beekeeper
- 1,760 Lbs. (800 Kg.) of honey were produced in the 2012 honey harvesting season
- Income of $130 per beekeeper was earned in the 2012 honey harvesting season
- 100% increase in women’s involvement in decision making
- 100% increase in social gathering as a result of training and business development
- Development of women’s business group and independent store
- Development of SADA Honey brand
- Project indirectly impacted 253 dependents
- 35% Increase in women's household income, of which the women spend
- 60% on education of their children
- 10% on better nutrition for their families
- 30% on healthcare expenses
- 30% increase in enrollment in schools
- 106 children dependents were enrolled in school
Friday, March 15, 2013
|Sharpstown International High School Students Elianis, Sandra and Karen sell food items to raise funds for Hashoo Foundation’s Plan Bee Project during a school event |
|Sharpstown International High School Students Elianis, Sandra and Karen meet with Cristal Montañéz Baylor Executive Director to discuss their Capstone Projects to help empower women in Houston and Pakistan|
Monday, March 4, 2013
Wellesley College - Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA a Panelist at the Debunking the Model Minority Myth Panel
Wellesley College celebrates Asian Awareness Month on March every year with a series of events to both honor the diverse heritages and inform the community about Asian and Asian American concerns. This year, the event was kick-started with a panel with a focus on Asian/Asian-American speakers who have done incredible work to “Debunking the Model Minority Myth” and are an inspiration to the greater Asian community by their impact, not only the Asian community in the United Sates, but abroad as well.
Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director represented the Hashoo Foundation USA in the “Debunking the Model Minority Myth” panel along with Scot Nakagawa from ChangeLab, and Linda Chin from Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence.
Linda Chin, President Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
ATASK primarily serves Asian families and individuals in Massachusetts and New England who suffer from or are at risk of suffering from domestic violence. Clients include a range of Asian ethnic populations. ATASK embraces and represents all ages, cultures, abilities, and sexual preferences.
Scot Nakagawa, Senior Partner Change Lab
ChangeLab is a grassroots political lab that explores structural solutions to achieve racial justice. We conduct research, convene people across sectors, develop movement-building tools, and provide platforms for dialogue, analysis, and strategy building.
Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA
Hashoo Foundation is a progressive and dynamic non-profit organization, leading the way in human development and poverty alleviation by implementing viable economic development, educational and capacity-building programs in Pakistan. Our mission is to enable and empower communities to be independent by facilitating equitable access to opportunities.