Bees for Hope creates mutual value through promoting the co-op model, in which beekeepers pool financial resources and share equipment and knowledge to improve yields and wield more power in the marketplace. We seek to put the power inherent in this superior honey in the hands of those who cultivate it, paying a fair price and working collaboratively and respectfully with indigenous beekeepers. Each Bees for Hope Jar tells you the exact honey co-op where the honey was harvested and which indigenous community harvested it. These are those coops.
Beekeepers are the members of Coopsol, a Co-op of apiaries run by the indigenous people of Northern Argentina. Coopsol is the first supplier of Bees for Hope and is integrated at every level of our decision-making, including holding a seat on our Board of Directors.
160 indigenous beekeepers
Respectful and collective decision-making
Working to end poverty for indigenous populations
Protecting land rights for original inhabitants
Coopsol is nestled in the arid hills of the Santiago del Estero Province in Northern Argentina. The Province has largely been taken over by conventional agriculture - mainly cotton, soybeans and corn - but the area were Coopsol operates is untouched by this extractive monoculture leaving a pristine environment for bees to thrive. The beekeepers speak Quechua, making them the southernmost speakers of the ancient Incan language. These indigenous farmers and beekeepers have seen their land and way of life threatened. Centuries old communities often do not have formal land deeds or ownership structures. Using their land for verifiable commerce and trade makes it more likely that they will be able to protect their land from seizure.
Coopsol has been harvesting honey since 1992, but in the past, this honey was sold to bulk suppliers at low prices and mixed in with honey of varying quality and purity to be sold in global wholesale markets. Bees for Hope has spent years developing a genuine, trusting relationship with the beekeepers of Coopsol, a honey co-op in the mountains of Northern Argentina. Through this mutually beneficial relationship, Coopsol has seen a 15% increase in their revenue.