Beekeeping is a profitable enterprise, as it helps self-employment and poverty reduction, while not having a negative impact on the environment. This project was aimed at developing beekeeping as a good self-employment opportunity for persons with disabilities in the border regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
As part of the project, 40 persons with disabilities attended tailor-made training and mentorship programmes. This helped build their capacities in beekeeping and offered them guidance for their self-employment in the sector. They were also provided with equipment starter packs, including apiary sites and hives.
Additionally, the project enabled the installation and fitting-out of honey packing facilities. Also, it helped establish honey producers clusters – one in Montenegro and the other one in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with twenty members per cluster in each country. Furthermore, the project supported the development a plan for the marketing of products was developed as well as the networking of honey producers in the cross-border region.