Branded Honey: Rachemo Co-operative Society, Baringo County

Rachemo Cooperative Society Limited, located in Radat area of Mogotio Sub County, was initially registered by the Department of Social Services as a beekeepers self-help group in 1996. After interventions by ASDSP, they
transformed into a Cooperative Society in 2014 with the key objective of bulking, processing and marketing their honey. The society started with 20 members and has gradually increased membership to 77 (52 men and 25 women).

ASDSP in partnership with Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) built the capacity of the society members by training them on group dynamics, governance and management. They were also trained on production, processing, standardization and certification of honey. For hands on experience members were taken for study tours to Cabesi honey project in West Pokot County, National Bee Keeping Institute and International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. The programme linked the society to Kenya commercial Bank Foundation where they accessed a loan of Ksh. 1.5 million for buying and selling of honey.

In order to build their society, members increased their share capital to KSh. 640,000 in 2016 from Ksh. 70,000 in 2014. The volume of honey traded increased from 2.7 tonnes in 2014 to 6.1 tonnes in 2015 and the income increased from KSh. 1.08 million to Ksh. 3.05 million in the same period. Honey prices also increased from Ksh. 450 per kilogram in 2014 to 600 Ksh. in 2016.

The society now processes quality honey certified by KEBS. It has relevant county licenses, uses food grade containers and have branded their product.

The honey is packaged in various quantities (20, 50, 100, 150, 300, 500 grams to 1kg) to meet the needs of the market. They acquired a barcode and are able to sell honey in super markets.