B_Project, More than honey




"The future of India lies in its villages”- Mahatma Gandhi.

About a tenth of the humanity lives in rural India, making it a focal point for issues of national and international concern. Needlab in collaboration with Opensource beehives and Fabcity research lab in realizing the project with Think Peace- World, an NGO working in 235 villages in Andhra, India, to develop sustainable community and build an apiary for the region.


The aim of B_project is to make and install 60 beehives for the apiary which will generate income for the livelihood of the tribe in Araku valley. The design of the hives is based on the species of bees which are native to the region, hives are digitally fabricated using CNC milling. 


Tribal group have historically fought through adversities, preserved their culture and traditional knowledge, mastered the use of natural resources, respected the environment they live in and are in total sync with the nature. Insite of this they are depressed, dejected and nurture a feeling of victimization and hopelessness. While some part of this can be attributed to poverty, it is the mental poverty that forms a great barrier to their development. 


Beekeeping solves a number of developmental challenges, it generates income: it takes little investment and creates business and income-generation for people. Helps in Conservation of bees as they are the major pollinators of Angiosperms and therefore their decline is of importance for humans and biodiversity. It promotes health: there are many bi-products of the honey production that is very beneficial to people’s health. Propolis is called the “wonder drug” as it serves as antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral.


Fundraiser Brunch - Is hosted at the green fablab of the Can Valldaura estate, 20 minutes from the city of Barcelona. The perfect background to learn about the importance of bees.

Adopt a Hive - One can adopt a hive which will intern fund the making of the hives for the apiary. The guardian’s names will be engraved on the hives and they can monitor the health of the hive they have adopted, by looking at the sensor data on the website.