Our Story - The Zambia Gold Time Line
Summer of 2007 - 10 Gonzaga University students in the Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP) engage in a month-long service-learning immersion trip in Zambezi, Zambia. While there, the students live in a small village and work on various service projects focusing on teaching literacy to local Zambians. After tasting pure African honey, students spend 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 United States. Zam-Bee-A Honey Inc., a company founded by two former Peace Corp volunteers, were willing to partner with the Gonzaga University students to provide Zambian honey to sell in the United States and return all profits back to Zambia to support educational growth.
November of 2007 - Zambia Gold Organic Forest Honey receives their first shipment and begin to sell the honey at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
2008 - The Murdock Charitable Trust provides a significant grant to Gonzaga University's Comprehensive Leadership Program to support Zambia Gold student interns. To date, Murdock has given over $100,000 to student interns involved in Zambia Gold, providing a rich educational experience for Gonzaga students and enriching a sustainable partnership with Zambian beekeepers.
2009 — Zambia Gold expands its product market, services and programs. Zambia Gold begins importing chitenge (native Luvale word for wrap) bags, hand-crafted products made from traditional African fabric by men and women who receive a fair wage.
2010 — Zambia Gold began partnering with a rising nonprofit in Northwest Zambia, SEPA (Save Environment and People Agency) to sell eco-friendly jewelry crafted by women in the community to support microfinance initiatives.
2012 — Zambia Gold begins selling hand-woven baskets purchased from a local, handicapped woman from Zambezi and expands it market by selling honey and chitenge bags in new local markets (Sun People) and online at www.GreenCupboards.com
2013 - Not only did the team welcome three new outstanding interns, mark the transition from the traditional glass jars to the new user-friendly plastic pouches, introduce a new, modern brand design and marketing logo, develop four new, sustainable community partnerships to sell our products, get multi-media coverage of our mission and story, we ALSO had one of the most successful fiscal years in the history of Zambia Gold.