Who We Are

The BeeKeeper Story

BeeKeeper is a social Business hatched between a brother (Koky) and sister (Sophia) in 2012 while Sophia was in hospital fighting cervical cancer.  

It was with the heaviest of hearts that we experienced the loss of Sophia on the 15th of August 2012, after an 18 month battle. We still feel her absence with such acute rawness. In her will, she left her car to her brother Koky, with instructions to sell it and use the money to create a business that would inspire change and help support the continued work of BabyTree Projects, a charity they founded together to fight for children’s rights and to bring quality education to the doorsteps of children in rural Cambodia.  

Since that time, Koky has dedicated his life to making sure that he keeps his promise to his sister. To this end Boy & Bee was born in 2012, and in 2014 we decided to change the name to BeeKeeper. And the Sophia Saly School was built in 2014, in a coastal village right near the sea. Koky recruited a team of talented individuals to help him grow the Beekeeper hive.  Big bee introductions must go to his merry band of keepers. Anthony Guardabascio (brand keeper), Lana Sadie Laham, Lachlan McIntosh, Theodore Buscemi, Laura Abela, V-ann Tan and Costa Theodorakopoulos. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to create products that change the world, do no harm to the environment, nourish and support the people and animals that dwell on our planet, to seek solutions to our environmental crisis, to use business to inspire people to consume less, to do more and BEE MORE and to support BabyTree Projects in its fight for quality education for all children.

What We've Achieved

    • 2020 Apr We open warehouse and Online Store HQ 

    • 2018 Jul 13th We open our Permanent Store in Melbourne Central

    • 2018 Apr Successfully crowd funded over $53,000

    • 2016 Jan We begin our first Pop-up Store in Melbourne Central

    • 2015 Mar We launch our Online Store

  • 2014 Dec Appeared on National Australian TV to talk about our story

  • 2014 Sep Successfully crowd funded over $25,000

  • 2014 Apr Built the Sophia Saly School on the beach, Cambodia.

  • 2013 Winner of RMIT Social Enterprise group $15,000

  • 2012 Winner of RMIT SEEDS FUND $1,000

Koky's Interview at the Global Shifts Conference

Koky Saly, Founder of Boy and Bee, tells the story of his family's plight in Cambodia, and the commitment he made to assist the children of Cambodia; initially building schools, and now supporting the schools resources by developing a stationary business, called Boy and Bee (Renamed BEEKEEPER PARADE).