COLKS (Centre of Learning, Knowledge & Services) first started out with a group of 30 Farmers who were trained in Apiculture (Bee-Keeping) and now boasts of a community of 7500 Farmers so far who have undergone the varied Agro & Allied Trainings and have gained access to national and international markets through an integrated value & supply chain developed by COLKS.
Market Access to the Agro & Allied Produces of 7500 Farmers so far
Financial Linkage for 363 Farmers till date
2500 MT of Agriculture Produce exported to national & international markets
Largest Aggregator of agricultural products in the region, boasting a community of more than 30,000 farmers.

Creating Change

More than 3500 farmers trained in Agro and Allied Based Sustainable Livelihood Entrepreneurial Ventures.

BEE NATURAL is an organically sourced product that has been procured and packaged by farmers supported by COLKS.

COLKS believes in creating change through innovative practices and is currently marketing two Farmer’s Products that use organic raw materials sourced from the supply chain of farmers trained and supported by COLKS.

MAD(Make a Difference)essentials is a line of bath & body essentials using organic ingredients sourced from farmers supported by COLKS.

Changing Lives

“I have learnt so many things from this training at COLKS but the most important lesson I learnt is how to take candles out of beeswax. Initially I would throw away the wax without knowing the importance of it. Now when I go back to my village I will consider a shift from traditional to modern beekeeping to increase the yield of honey”

Kynsai Lyngdoh

Trainee (Apiculture)

“My parents have been juggling their life between the market and the fields since we were kids which made my decision to go into beekeeping all the more complicated. My father was initially not so keen on the idea of me going into beekeeping fulltime. It was dif ficult for him to see me straying away from the family business. I was inspired by my uncle to get into Beekeeping in 2011 but with only a meagre 500 rupees to start with, it was an uphill task. In 2015 I heard of the Apiculture Training being conducted by COLKS. That was the jumpstart that I needed for my business. Armed with the knowledge provided by the training on improving my yield and the support given for market & financial linkage, I now farm 40 bee colonies, 20 in the village and 20 in the forest. My father had also warmed up to my destined means of livelihood. He is now very proud of me and my achievements. When he has an off day from going to the fields or the market, he usually accompanies me to the forest to check on the bee colonies. The trek to the forest takes us at least 30 minutes downhill which gives us the opportunity to brainstorm ideas of how to expand the business. Earlier, selling honey was a challenging task but now, with the help of BEE Natural Meghalaya and COLKS Shillong, I am finally reaping what I have sowed all these years.”

Joitsing Khongjee (Bah Hep)

Trainee (Apiculture)

“Coming for this training has broadened my knowledge on beekeeping. In spite of the training being held just for 6 days, all the lessons taught have been so detailed and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I take back new learnings and will definitely consider a shift from traditional to modern beekeeping because the yield is more in the latter..”

Swossterly Marwein

Trainee (Apiculture)

Milestones

2015
2016
2017
2018
2018

2015

Part of the Indian Entrepreneurship Foundation (IEF)

2016

Part of the ISB-SAP DLABS Jumpstart Social

2017

Part of the North East Entrepreneurship Fellowship (NEEF)

2018

Part of the North East Accelerator Program (NEAP)

2018

Part of the ISB-SAP DLABS Growth Stage Accelerator Program

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