Everardo worked as a melon in the rural community in which he lived. Used traditional and unsustainable practices, which consisted of collecting honey by knocking down the swarms and killing the bees. Your income did not reach R$ 130,00 Monthly. After participating in the training course for young rural entrepreneurs, he understood the importance of preserving native bee species and how much this could add value to their production.
Learned, in the course, management techniques of native bees and began to use agroecological practices in their production. Today, With 31 years of age and despite having studied only until the 6th grade of elementary school, Everardo is an example in the production of honey in the region and gives lectures to other producers on the most modern and sustainable techniques of meliponiculture.
In 2009, Everardo, together with other young people, founded an association of young producers of which Everardo is president. "We believe that organized we have a greater possibility to overcome the challenges of production and marketing of honey". Later, the youth association accessed credit through the Veredas Fund to expand its production. Today your income is 650,00 Monthly.
The production of native bees is an example of how it is possible to potentiate existing resources in the Brazilian semi-arid and transform them into products of higher added value, while contributing to the sustainability of the region's biome, by preserving the species. Honey produced by native bees has better quality and reaches higher prices in the region's markets, generating higher income for local producers.