The Honey Lodge Youth Enterprise is what happens when brilliant minds come together and think outside the box!
The Native American Advocacy Program (NAAP), a non-profit organization that serves Rosebud Indian Reservation, was facing a lack of funding for their youth programs and also dealing with an unemployment crisis.
When looking for ideas for fundraising, they thought to create a sustainable business, not just a one off raffle or bake sale.
What they came up with helps out both nature and their community!
“An important aspect of the Native American Advocacy Program's (NAAP) mission is to teach and equip Lakota young people to survive and thrive in today's world by strengthening their connection to their own culture. The Honey Lodge enterprise (keeping bees, and collecting and selling honey), supports that overall mission by teaching independence, initiative, and good work ethic to accomplish goals.”
– Joseph Marshall III, Board Member
According to their website, they sold 1400 pounds of honey during their first harvest!
Way to go team!
If you're looking to buy some honey for your household, or send any as gifts, I suggest ordering from Honey Lodge! Here's a link to their website: http://www.lakotahoneylodge.org/order-your-honey-now.
For more information about the Native American Advocacy Program and how to donate, please visit http://www.lakotanaap.org/