Wednesday, March 11, 2009
By the end of February we had rounded up our first shipment of Ik honey: 12 buckets/240 liters/360 kilograms. Transportation between the Ik area and a good honey market is a huge problem for the Ik. First, the honey needs to make it to Kaabong, a small town 20 miles from the Ik (which, for them, is usually traveled by foot). Then, from Kaabong, it's another 400 miles to Kampala where the honey processing companies are located. We're partnering with Malaika Honey to process and market Ik honey to Uganda now, and hopefully to international markets soon. Check out their website at: www.malaikahoney.com .
This time we personally transported much of the honey from the Ik to our home in Kaabong. For the Kampala leg of the trip, we paid a little to put the honey on a truck returning otherwise empty to Kampala.
Malaika Honey's new storefront in Kampala---the final destination of unprocessed Ik honey. Thinking back over all the hours spent, sweat sweated, and miles traveled, we wondered if it was worth it, if this honey business really can work out. At this point we don't know, but we're not going to give up yet.