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10-year-old Mikaila Ulmer from Texas is building a lemonade empire, and hoping to save honey bees in the process!
It all started when Mikaila was 4 years old and she was stung by a bee twice in one week! This prompted her to become very scared whenever bees were near.
In order to help her cope with this new fear, Mikaila’s parents asked her to do some research on bees. She learned that bees are incredibly important for flowers, gardens and trees as pollinators.
She also learned that they are dying at a rapid rate. In the past year, honey bee farmers have reported losing nearly 42% of their colony! Many believe that this could be due to the overuse of pesticides, which can have many bad effects upon bees.
This is when set her mind to create a product to help save bees. She decided she would sell Lemonade and she started her company, Bee Sweet Lemonade.
Her special lemonade recipe came from her great-grandmother’s cookbook. She decided to add honey to it, instead of sugar, in order to call attention to the problems honey bees face.
Mikaila sells lemonade almost everyday at her lemonade stand! And she takes every opportunity to tell her customers about the issues facing honey bees.
What began as a small operation is starting to grow. BeeSweet is projected to sell almost 140,000 bottles of lemonade this year! BeeSweet lemonade can be found on the shelves at select Whole Foods Markets as well as many restaurants and other locations near her home in Austin, Texas.
Mikaila and her cause have also been featured in many news reports, magazines, blogs and even on Shark Tank, a TV show featuring hopeful entrepreneurs.
Mikaila still has time to be a kid, her parents shared that every weekend, Mikaila does something fun. She doesn’t mind the hard work though.
She says that she is happy watching people enjoy her lemonade, and that makes her want to grow her company more and more. The more people enjoy, the more they’re learning about the bees.
Source content: inspire my kids.com