Welcome! My name is Martin Zuch, founder of Mama Buci. I want to share the exciting journey of how we got to where we are today.
The idea for Mama Buci sprung from the ashes of a business venture in Zambia to provide a livelihood for locals by planting banana plantations. The banana project was riddled with obstacles and in the end, we lost them. I was determined however not to give up on my mission. The subject of commercial beekeeping arose in 2004 during a conversation with my dear friend, John Enright, who was carrying out missionary work in the area.
After two years of struggling with technical problems, John came up with the specially designed treetop bar hive. To our delight, the beehives began to flourish, producing over 12kg of honey on average per hive, in a structure that, if maintained properly, could last a lifetime. That’s when we knew we had found something with the potential to really make a difference.
Currently, we build over 150 beehives a day, 5 days a week, in our local Zambian workshop. We have provided over 70,000 beehives to the local community, which will produce over 400 tonnes of raw honey in one year alone. Each new hive helps the bee population to thrive and therefore has a positive environmental impact.
The success of our enterprise has also allowed us to have a positive impact on the education of local young people, with many families now able to afford to send their children to school. Through the help of dear friends, honey lovers worldwide and our passionate ambassadors, Charlie Mackesy and Bear Grylls, we are spreading the message of our venture far and wide. We hope to continue helping more communities and provide a delicious, healthy, and soulful alternative to mainstream honey products.
By purchasing our honey, you are becoming part of the Mama Buci story and directly affecting change in communities that really need our help.
Founder of Mama Buci