This campaign is to fund raise for Kelulut Entrepreneurship Program which is a community service program aiming to alleviate urban poverty in Putrajaya, Malaysia by providing the urban poor community skill development training and opportunities to earn additional and sustainable source of income through Kelulut beekeeping.. This program is organized by Beelivin, a group of MBA students, from Graduate School of Business, National University of Malaysia (UKM-GSB). "Kelulut" is a type of stingless-less bee which belongs to the family of Meliponini. Major products of Kelulut are honey, pollen (beebread) and propolis which can be sold to generate income.
Urban poverty can be categorized into three: the new poor, borderline poor and chronic poor. The new poor is caused by work termination by private sector or public institution. The borderline poor are individuals or family who work in the urban area but do not possess any skills. They work normally in manufacturing or service industries and their monthly income is above poverty threshold. However, if there is increase in price of goods, they will fall below the poverty threshold. The chronic poor are those who are very poor and increase of urban living cost would further deteriorate their quality of living.
Putrajaya is the federal territory of Malaysia and it ranks second in terms of state/territory with highest median monthly household income in Malaysia which is around USD 4000 per month. There is 16.4% of Malaysian population which belongs to Bottom 40 (B40) group and the average monthly household income for B40 is around USD 700. Since two-third of Malaysian lives in urban area, urban poverty has become a serious issue which needed special attention.
The aim of this program is to aid and educate the poor and underprivileged community by providing them skill development training and opportunities to earn additional and sustainable source of income through Kelulut beekeeping. The program will be offered to 20 participants who belongs to poor & underprivileged community surrounding Presint 14, Putrajaya, Malaysia. The contribution will be used to help financing the cost of the program including Kelulut beekeeping training and assistance to start-up Kelulut bee keeping including supplying them with 20 Kelulut hives and 2 pumps for honey extraction.
POTENTIAL OF KELULUT
Kelulut belongs to the family of Meliponini which is a type of sting-less bee. Major products of Kelulut are honey, pollen (beebread) and propolis which can be sold to generate income. We target to contribute 20 Kelulut hives for the target group. Kelulut Entrepreneurship Program requires a long term commitment from each participant to participate in beekeeping, harvesting, marketing and expansion of the hive to generate sustainable source of income.
In a month, a Kelulut hive can potentially produce 0.5kg of honey which can be sold at RM200/kg and 0.3kg of pollen (beebread) which can be sold at RM250/kg. The most valuable product of Kelulut is raw propolis which can be used to make products such as soap and lip balm.
Number of Kelulut hives can be further expanded through baiting, bridging, splitting and duplicating techniques. Hence this would enable participant to increase the number of Kelulut hives over time. We estimated about 50% growth rate for the number of Kelulut hives every six months.
Initial sales for first six month is USD 900 per month with 20 hives, yielding USD 10,800 annually. After two years, we estimated that the number of hive will grow to 68 hives and this would contribute on sales of USD 3,000 per month yielding USD 36,000 annually. The profit of the sales will be distributed among the 20 participants. Upon maximizing the existing land usage, participants might need to find a new location which is suitable for Kelulut beekeeping for further expansion.
The project costs USD 7000 and major expenses are on:
- Training program such as training fees, course material and meals
- Establishment of Kelulut farm which includes purchase of 20 Kelulut hives, 2 honey extraction pump, modular hives and installation work
We are targeting to raise USD 5,000 through this platform. The remaining amount will be raised through local crowdfunding platform in Malaysia. Your donation can make a difference in the life of these 20 families. Together let's help to make their life better.
Beelivin project team consists of postgraduates students from UKM-Graduate School of Business (UKM-GSB) undertaking Master of Business Administrations (MBA).
As part of MBA syllabus, we are required to execute an activity or a program that can give charitable benefits to the society and nation as whole. This is inline with UKM’s Bidang Keberhasilan Utama (BKU) on high involvement culture which is to increase the involvement of UKM students in community project through innovative program across the fields.
Our team is working closely with:
1) Entrepreneurs from Seri Tiang Honey Farm in Presint 14 to provide training on Kelulut beekeeping techniques & modular hive concept
2) Local authorities in providing the name list of the poor and underprivileged community
3) Local community in Presint 14, Putrajaya in organizing the event
Beelivin team with Mr Fadzil who is a modular hive entrepreneur and a founder of Seri Tiang Honey Farm. He will be one of our trainer for the program.
Mr Zainol is a Kelulut beekeping hobbyist and a resident of Presint 14 and he was explaining beekeeping techniques to Beelivin team members.
The team have also visited nearby Kelulut farm to source for the Kelulut hives and to learn about Kelulut products and marketing.
TYPES OF KELULUT HIVE
Conventionally, Kelulut beekeeping involves ordering the log which contain the Kelulut colony from supplier, cutting down the log from the tree, installing the topping and then harvesting the honey. This would create several issues such as uncontrollable tree cutting which would change the forest ecosystem, difficulties of sourcing new colony, inconsistent quality of Kelulut colony and lacking of systematic Kelulut breeding center. The hive in below picture is a combination of log, modular hive and topping.
Modular hive is a new approach for Kelulut beekeeping and it has undergone researched for many years and it has won Gold and Special Award due to the innovation that it brings for the Kelulut beekeeping. This would address the issues that we mentioned earlier.
Using this techniques Mr Fadzil, our trainer, had managed to expand from 1 Kelulut hives into 30 hives in two years. This is the knowledge that will be shared to our participant who belongs to the poor & underprivileged community nearby Presint 14. We hope that this little effort from us would alleviate urban poverty issue by providing them the skill development & opportunities to earn a sustainable additional source of income through Kelulut beekeeping.
|1||Firdaus||Project Manager||+60 17-905 8786||[email protected]|
|2||Dini||Assistant Project Manager||+60 19-651 6449||[email protected]|
|3||Helyanti||Secretary||+60 17-300 0433||[email protected]|
|4||Hasrol||Treasurer||+60 13-509 3339||[email protected]|
RISKS & CHALLENGES
Among the risks for Kelulut beekeeping projects are the attacks from predators and theft. In the training, participant will also be taught on predators attack such as ants and the measures to prevent or overcome it.
There are a few initiatives which can be taken to prevent theft. The hive could either be hung high on the tree, mounted onto a concrete footing or by locking the hives.