1. Community-driven success: Haiti Beekeepers Society values partnership and independence – this approach is at the forefront of every project. With this guiding principle in mind, the people and the communities that we work with have nimbly woven the art of beekeeping into their lives. They deeply appreciate the value and impact of bringing these skills into their community. This has created strength and sustainability as the community drives success based on their own needs.  
  1. The need is great: The communities we work with are full of vibrant and talented people. Despite this, Haiti itself is still the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Beekeeping is a powerful way to supplement income, and one that can continue to grow for generations. 
  1. Beekeeping is a ripe market in Haiti: The prevalence of beekeeping in Haiti is sparse, while the demand for products of the hive are high.  
  1. The climate in Haiti is ideal for crops and bees! The warmth allows for growing year-round. While in North America, we can produce one good honey crop per year. In Haiti, we can produce two fabulous honey crops every year!  
  1. Healthy plants, tasty honey: What it all comes down to is great honey and more crops for people to sell and enjoy. Thanks to the diverse tropical plant life in Haiti, bee populations can thrive and produce beautiful honey to support communities. In turn, food crop growth is seriously boosted by pollinating bees.  
  1. Honey is important: Honey, or siwo myèl in Haitian Creole, is an important product in Haitian culture. Both honey and beeswax are used in religious and cultural ceremonies. Honey is also a key ingredient in medicinal practices, and of course to eat!