Unit Product Weight: 0.75 lbs
Features and Benefits
- USDA certified organic
- Fair trade honey from Zambia
- All proceeds help the Chilena Basic School near where the honey is harvested
- Rich, dark flavor that surpasses grocery store honey
- Pure flavor comes to life in cooking, as a topping, marinade, or eaten by the spoonful
Zambia Gold is a Gonzaga University student initiative committed to empowering the people of Zambia. They are ardent believers that education is the key to ending the adverse poverty experienced by most families in Zambia. It is for this reason that they have chosen to provide funding from the sales of Zambia Gold Honey to the Chilena Basic Upper School.
Currently the school in Chilena holds two class sessions a day to accommodate the over eight hundred students in only nine classrooms. For these eight hundred students there are twenty-two teachers and six student teachers who, on average, make less than one dollar a day. Zambia Gold passionately believe in education, and they find it difficult to imagine how a child can see the benefit of schooling when they can barely see the teacher over the ocean of students crammed into classrooms.
Over the next five years, the goal is to not only support the upkeep of the school but to make it a functional place of learning. They hope to raise the capital to bring electricity to the school, finish a three classroom addition, and supplement the teacher salaries to keep the talented people working at Chilena.
Zambia Gold is a not-for-profit initiative that wants to do more than simply hand out money or physical goods. It is founded by Gonzaga University students who have lived and worked in the Zambezi community. It is time to put value back in education for the thousands of children in the Northwest Province of Zambia. It is not their wish to force business or capitalistic economy upon the Zambian people; rather, open the eyes of the children to choices, and let the future build itself.
- Uchi (Honey) Bars:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup Zambia Gold honey
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 3-4 cups cornflakes (or your choice of cereal)
- 1 cup nuts
Melt sugar and honey together on the stove until sugar is completely dissolved. Take off heat and mix peanut butter into the mixture. Gradually add the nuts and cereal, alternating, until all dry ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Spread the mixture into a greased 9 1/2 x 11 inch pan and place in the refrigerator until hard.
- Zambia Gold Honey Ginger Snaps:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
- 1/4 cup Zambia Gold honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, salt and cloves in medium bowl.
- Beat shortening and butter in large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar until blended; increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in honey, egg and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually stir in flour mixture until blended.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place remaining 1/2 cup sugar in shallow bowl; roll balls in sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown. Let cookies stand on cookie sheets 5 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies Pumpkin Muffins:
- 1 cup pumpkin (canned or cooked, mashed fresh)
- 1/2 cup oil or soft butter
- 1/2 cup Zambia Gold honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 3/4 cup flour (unbleached white or whole-wheat)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Beat oil and honey together in mixing bowl; add eggs; mix well.
- Combine dry ingredients and water to honey mixture.
- Mix in pumpkin and nuts.
- Fill cupcake liners 1/2-3/4 full and put them in cupcake pans.
- Bake 12-20 minutes.
(If a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean, it's done.)
USDA Certified 100% Organic
During the summer of 2007, ten Gonzaga University students in the Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP) engaged in a month-long service-learning course addressing intercultural leadership in Zambezi, Zambia. While there, the students lived in a small village and worked on various service projects focusing on teaching literacy to local Zambians.
During this time, students were encouraged to explore micro-finance initiatives that would partner with local Zambians in a relationship that would bring opportunities to this region. After tasting pure African honey, students spent time within the country with local bee farmers, members of local government, and the Zambezi Catholic Mission exploring ways to provide a sustainable market for fair trade organic forest honey in the US.
Initially it was thought that it would take two or more years to set up a supply chain, but the discovery of Zam-Bee-A Honey Inc., a company founded by two former Peace Corp volunteers that had developed the infrastructure to export honey from Zambia to the US marketplace, sped up the process. They were willing to partner with the Gonzaga University students to provide Zambian honey from the Northwest Province under a private label. All of the proceeds from this rich, organic honey are returned to Zambezi, Zambia in support of educational initiatives.
In November of 2007, Zambia Gold Organic Forest Honey received their first shipment and began to sell the honey at Gonzaga University. After seeing the high demand, Zambia Gold Honey expanded to include stores in the greater Spokane, Washington area later that year.
USDA Certified Organic Honey from Zambia.
The pure flavor of this honey comes to life whether it is used in cooking, as a topping, marinade, or eaten by the spoonful.