Monday, April 7, 2014

Credit & Enterprise Development Program Report 2010-2013 for Micro Finance Initiative University of Houston (MFi UH)

Credit & Enterprise Development for Women Beekeepers of Northern Pakistan 

Under its Credit & Enterprise Development (CED) program, the Hashoo Foundation facilitates and administers provision of small loans to existing and new beekeepers to add another dimension to its Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming project Plan Bee. These small loans enable the women keepers to purchase more hives to achieve economies of scale and expand their enterprise.

In collaboration with Micro Finance Initiative of University of Houston (MFi UH), with a new added component of Revolving Micro Credit Loans (RMCL), the proposed project on Credit & Enterprise Development (CED) will help mobilize and organize communities into workable cluster based groups, increase the outreach and productivity, provide training in bee farming ensuring quality honey through improved processing facilities and related infrastructure, and facilitate market linkages for the sale of honey at higher competitive prices.

Zar Bano is one of the MFi UH beekeepers beneficiaries 

The original goal was to deploy 2 women beneficiaries in honey bee farming in three years beekeeping. The project provided a long term, sustainable means through Revolving Micro Credit Loans (RMCL) of US $1,000 expanding the project with gradual increase up to 4 women headed households and their estimated 32 dependents. The women were selected on the basis of baseline surveys undertaken by Hashoo Foundation.

This initiative not only helped the foundation launch Credit & Enterprise Development project for honey bee farming but also enabled HF to take a step forward towards implementation of two of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):
- Promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.
- Education.

Impact of the Credit & Enterprise Development Program - MFi UH
-  2 women received a Revolving Micro Credit Loans (RMCL) to empower themselves for better living.
-  180 kg (396 Ib) of honey was produced.
-  US $1,125 was earned by the beneficiaries during the lifetime of the project.
-  Total household income increased by 32 % by the end of 2013.
-  16 dependents benefitted and had access to better nutrition.
-  9 children had access to quality education.
-  Women beneficiaries were linked to Northern Honey Bee Association (NHBA).
-  Socio-economic status of the beneficiaries was improved at a noticeable level.
-  The project increased women empowerment in terms of decision making in their everyday lives.


Credit & Enterprise Development Program Report 2010-2013 for Rice Micro Finance (RMF)

Credit & Enterprise Development for Women Beekeepers of Northern Pakistan

Under its Credit & Enterprise Development (CED) program, the Hashoo Foundation facilitates and administers provision of small loans to existing and new beekeepers to add another dimension to its Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming project Plan Bee. These small loans enable the women keepers to purchase more hives to achieve economies of scale and expand their enterprise.

The original goal was to deploy 12 women beneficiaries in honey bee farming in three years beekeeping. The project provided a long term, sustainable means through Revolving Micro Credit Loans (RMCL) of US $4,200 expanding the project with gradual increase up to 24 women headed households and their estimated 192 dependents. The women were selected on the basis of baseline surveys undertaken by Hashoo Foundation.



This initiative not only helped the foundation launch Credit & Enterprise Development project for honey bee farming but also enabled HF to take a step forward towards implementation of two of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):
- Promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.
- Education.

Impact of the Credit & Enterprise Development Program - Rice Micro Finance (RMF)
- 15 women were provided with a RMCL to empower themselves for better living.
- 1,008 kg (2,222 Ib) of honey was produced.
- US $6,300 was earned by the beneficiaries during the lifetime of the project.
- Total household income was increased by 32 % by the end of 2013.
- 120 dependents benefitted and had access to better nutrition and health care.
- 63 children had access to quality education.
- Women beneficiaries were linked with Northern Honey Bee Association (NHBA).
- Socio-economic status of the beneficiaries was improved at a noticeable level.
- The project increased women empowerment in terms of decision making in their everyday lives.

Friday, March 28, 2014

"Plan Bee" Business Group USA Empowers12 Women in Honey Bee Farming and Provides Education to

"Plan Bee" Party Background 

The event was hosted by Hashoo Foundation board members Barbara Aksamit and Hilary Orr in September 2012.  The objective was to raise the needed funds to establish the “Plan Bee” Business Group to empower 12 women in honey bee farming in 2013 in Skardu, Pakistan. 

In April 2013, after the long winter in northern Pakistan, the Hashoo Foundation team in Pakistan initiated the selection process for the 12 new beekeepers. By the end of 2013, 12 women were trained and provided with the tools to generate a sustainable income through the sale of honey.  Now, 36 of their children have access to school. See more

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"Plan Bee" Honey Business Group USA Outcomes

The project has helped improve the socio-economic status of the underprivileged people, especially the targeted women in the Turnik, Skardu.   Honey bee farming is a lucrative income generating enterprise. The environment in terms of natural and man-made flora is in abundance and available for more than six months during the year.  The immediate earnings from the beehives within three to four months are other important factors that contribute to economic sustainability of the beneficiaries.

Some of the Output and Achievements of the Project:

-  12 women identified, mobilized and trained
-  60 beehives distributed
-  12 production kits distributed among the beneficiaries
-  450 Kg. (990 Lb.) honey produced and sold honey in local market by the beneficiaries
-  Income of PKR. 350,000 (US$ 3,500) earned by the beneficiaries this year
-  36 children have access to quality education
-  68 indirect beneficiaries
-  Women’s  involvement in decision-making increased
-  Extra income was spent on health care and food

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Smart Solutions Summit SPIRE - Baker Institute for Public Policy

The Smart Solutions Summit SPIRE goal is to connect students with the study of international relations by facilitating education of the current problems that the global community faces and potential solutions. The event was held at the Baker Institute institute for Public Policy at Rice University.


SPIRE is a group of Bellaire High School students aiming to promote education and interest in international relations. Through the Smart Solutions Summit, students will have the opportunity to listen to and communicate with renowned experts as well as develop their own solutions by exploring case studies.



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Keynote Speaker: Cristal Montañéz Baylor, Executive Director of Hashoo Foundation USA., discussed the challenges effecting a changing society and how sustainable development can help alleviate poverty and empower women in developing nations with focus in Pakistan.

Speaker: Professor Richard J. Stoll, Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar, Albert Thomas Chair of Political Science at Rice University

Panelists:
- Joe Barnes, Bonner Means Baker Fellow
- Peter Hartley, Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar, George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair, Professor of Economics at Rice University
- Tony Payan, Baker Institute Fellow in Mexico Studies, Associate Professor at Rice University
- Professor Steven W. Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow
- Ellen Breckenridge, Scientific Communications Specialist & ALLHAT Publications Manager at UT Health





Monday, February 17, 2014

Women on the Move Cristal Montañéz Baylor Empowering Mentees from Texas Executive Women (TEW) Mentoring Program

Cristal Montanez 2013 WOM with TEW Mentees and their advisers
In the picture Cristal Montañéz Baylor with Texas Executive Women (TEW)  mentees and their advisers during our February meeting.

Texas Executive Women (TEW) had the pleasure of having some of our mentees, from our school mentoring programs, speak to us on their experience as participants of our mentoring programs during our February 11th meeting.  

Cristal Montañéz Baylor, TEW member and Women on the Move (WOM), spoke to the mentees about their role as community leaders and responsibility to give back to their communities. She presented each of the mentees with two special tote bags containing a Good Bear of the World, a blanket and other items. One of the tote bags was a gift for mentees to keep, and the other to be shared with someone needing some encouragement and hope. Cristal closed her presentation with this empowering thought by Zig Ziglar "You are born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win."

The girls are seniors and have participated in the program since 9th grade. Without fail, the greatest interest new TEW members have is the mentoring programs. Cristal Montañéz Baylor is the Executive director of the Hashoo Foundation USA.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Credit & Enterprise Development Program Report 2010-2013 for University of St Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program (UST SEP)

Credit & Enterprise Development (CED) for Beekeepers in Northern Pakistan

Under its Credit & Enterprise Development (CED) program, the Hashoo Foundation facilitates and administers provision of small loans to existing and new beekeepers to add another dimension to its Women Empowerment through Honey Bee Farming project Plan Bee. These small loans enable the women keepers to purchase more hives to achieve economies of scale and expand their enterprise. Beneficiaries have been chosen after conducting an extensive baseline survey.

In collaboration with University of Saint Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program (UST SEP), with a new added component of Revolving Micro Credit Loans (RMCL), the proposed project on Credit and Enterprise Development (CED) will help mobilize and organize communities into workable cluster based groups, increase the outreach and productivity, provide training in bee farming ensuring quality honey through improved processing facilities and related infrastructure, and facilitate market linkages for the sale of honey at higher competitive prices.



This initiative not only helped the foundation launch Credit & Enterprise Development project for honey bee farming but also enabled HF to take a step forward towards implementation of two of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):

- Promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women.
- Education.

Impact of the Credit & Enterprise Development Program -  University of St Thomas Social Entrepreneurship Program (UST SEP)

-  40 women were provided with the loan to empower themselves for better living.
-  3,000 kg (6,600 lbs) of honey was produced since the inception of project.
-  US $18,750 was earned by the beneficiaries during the lifetime of the project.
-  152 children had access to quality education.
- Total household income was increased by 39% by the end of 2013.
-  320 of their dependents benefitted from better nutrition and health care. 
-  Women beneficiaries were linked with Northern Honey Bee Association (NHBA). 
-  Socio-economic status of the beneficiaries improved at a noticeable level.

-  The project increased women empowerment in terms of decision making in their everyday lives.