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Hello Jon - This is a great idea. Just a quick question before your final submission. In addition to empowering Syrian refugees with skills to build better and eco-friendly shelters using the Super Adobe technique, have you thought of promoting dialogue between your beneficiaries and the host community? Just an idea that crossed my mind.


Jean-Marc commented on Planet and Prosperity: The Chiseka Beekeeping Project

Hello Kathleen Rommel 
Congratulations on making it to this stage of the challenge!

I have once again your project, and I must say that it has a great potential to make greater impact in Lilongwe District. I commend you for the great work you are doing in Malawi. I like the fact that you provide assets, mentorship and financial training to the beneficiaries of your project.

I just have a few comments, observations and questions:

1. Your business model: You mentioned that Hive Group is one of your partners that provides business inputs and technical expertise. Could you please elaborate more on the “guaranteed buyer for harvested honey” part? I think this is a very important point you should talk more about, as it shows the impact your project will have on the community in terms of prosperity. Have you identified potential markets where honey will be sold? What does the demand look like in terms of revenue? Who buys honey? How is it distributed? What does the supply chain look like? Which leads to my second point.
2. Building bridges to external markets: What is the purchasing power of the local population? Is honey on their top list of priorities in terms of their basic needs for food? Have you thought of building bridges to external markets as well? Does Hive Group link the community to external markets, such as supermarkets in larger cities in Malawi, to make the beekeeping business thrive?
I hope this feedback makes sense. Please feel free to contact Jaskeerat Bedi  or myself if you have any additional questions. We look forward to hearing from you again soon.
We’ll be rooting for you!

Corbyn Small You're most welcome. Jaskeerat Bedi and myself are here to provide the support you need to further refine the "Plant with Purpose" idea. Thanks for the great work you are doing to improve lives in the South Kivu.
P.S. I am glad you enjoyed the video :-)