Sumati resides in a slum community in the Kalipatti area of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Her husband is a daily wage labourer who works in the paddy fields in the region. Due to the seasonal nature of farming, the family’s income was unstable. They were unable to meet expenses for contingencies and even to fund their young son’s university fees. Sumati was invited by our team to take part in the beekeeping training organised by our on-ground partner, MYRADA. We supported her in acquiring startup material to rear honey bees. Sumati approached a local farmer with the support of our local volunteers to place her bee box as part of his organic farming initiative. Today, Sumati earns an income from selling the honey extracted from the bee boxes. She has also managed to double her income by installing a super box.
“I’m thrilled that Fullerton and MYRADA involved me in training and helped me secure a fixed source of income. Initially, I was petrified of bees, but with Fullerton’s constant support and handholding, it is now easier to handle them.”