200 Bee Hives for Tavush
Economic opportunities for rural Armenian communities are scarce. These opportunities along Armenia’s border frontier with Azerbaijan are even more limited. To help address this important issue, The Paros Foundation has launched several initiatives aimed at job creation in rural communities. This includes planting more than 800 fruit-bearing trees, establishing a large scale rabbit farm, fertilizer production, small animal feed production and honey production. These economic development opportunities are all administered under the auspices of the Aygepar Business Incubator, which provides rent-free space, sanitary conditions and marketing and technical expertise to local businesses.
The Paros Foundation has launched a high quality honey production just outside of the village of Verin Tsakhavan in the Berd area of Armenia’s Tavush Region with 50 bee hives. The immediate goal is to grow this production to 200 bee hives over the next two years to create commercially viable quantities of high-altitude, raw honey. This will lead to expanded job creation and opportunities in the market place as all components of this important project are manufactured locally in the Armenian market including hives, bee families, wax starter sheets and concrete block stands. Even the glass jars for sale are manufactured in Armenia!
One complete hive and bee colony costs $250. New hives and colonies will be added to expand the total number in the spring. Individuals that sponsor a complete hive will receive one jar of honey from this year’s harvest, a certificate indicating what number hive was established with their support and the opportunity to personalize their honey jar. Please follow this link to personalize your jar of honey: https://forms.gle/Wv1ejDr8QL4yVo3PA
Thank you to all our donors, we have met our fundraising goal.
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Dr. & Mrs. Gary & Linda AssarianBloomfield Hills, MI
Mr. Morley Pitt and Mrs. Elaine Kapjian-PittSan Francisco, CA
Ms. Jaclyn AssarianWashington, DC
In Memory Of Tania Chichmanian
Mr. & Mrs. Peter & Carole KarabashianVentnor City, NJ
Mr. & Mrs. Hovannes & Elza MalikyanForest Hills, NY
Mr. Gerard RuttemanNetherlands
In Honor Of Desmond Tutu
Mr. & Mrs. Josh & Alvart CedarHayward, CA
Updates: Images & Information
Our first year honey harvest has begun! As plans to expand the number of hives continues, more and more jobs will be created for both beekeepers, hive manufacturers and those people involved in packaging the honey.
Our honey is packaged and ready for sale in Armenia. Sponsors of hives are receiving their honey this week!