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Kathleen commented on Planet and Prosperity: The Chiseka Beekeeping Project

Hi Matt,
Thanks so much for your feedback! We really appreciate you taking the time to review our work and offer suggestions. I wanted to follow up with you on a few specific items you mentioned.

Question 1—
I really appreciate your reminder to close the loop when conducting feedback and include users in changes. This can help us further articulate why we are gathering feedback and, of course, the importance we place on the answers. More specifically, we wanted to follow up on a few recommendations you made.

- We found the mobile data collection option particularly interesting, but given limited mobile phone coverage in our communities, we are not sure how viable it would be. All that said, I’d love to hear any ideas around on specific low cost technology other orgs have used for this.

- We’re interested in incorporating short trainings on the importance of feedback. Do you know of any training modules that might already exist for adaptation in our communities?

Question 2—

We’ll explore these options and continue to gather feedback from community members—prototyping different ideas and monitoring their successes and challenges. Thanks!

Question 3—

Yes! Thank you for your idea. We are exploring incentives similar to these and hope they will act as sufficient motivators. We’ll continue to monitor and iterate!

Once again, sincere thanks for taking the time to support our work. It goes a long way in making the project a success!!

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Kathleen commented on Planet and Prosperity: The Chiseka Beekeeping Project

Hi Katie,

Yes! We definitely should. I'd love to talk more about how you are building the market. At our pilot beekeeping site, our beekeepers shared feedback that they'd like to start a co-op honey store, which we are now piloting and intend to incorporate in the project at Tiyambenawo. I'd love to hear more about your experience in starting small and building a brand step-by-step—it's definitely something that is on our minds, too!

Are there any key challenges your beekeepers / honey entrepreneurs are facing at this point and/or any learnings that are top of mind?

I love this addition! Great work!!!