Hajrie lifting the cover of her beehives

Hajrie lifting the covering of her beehives. Her husband is very appreciative of his wife's activity, and shows his support by helping more on the farm; for example, when we visited, he was away tending the livestock. This is a prime example of how Oxfam's project has improved the status of women in the community: because their work brings in cash, they are more valued and appreciated.

Meet Hajrie
Hajrie was one of the first villagers to receive a beehive and training from Oxfam. She lives with her husband - their three daughters are married and have left home - in a simple one-room house, where she welcomed us with great enthusiasm. Hajrie initially received one beehive, but thanks to her skill and training she now has three, and is planning to expand her flock again this year. She is very grateful for the bees, as it means she has less work to do, and no longer needs to walk up mountainsides to collect herbs for the market or cut wood to sell: "Before, I had to walk into the mountains to do hard work. Now, the bees do it for me!" she says.

Meet the villagers...
Isuf, the head of the cooperative
Hajrie, one of the first women to be
involved in the project
Ahmet's family, where beekeeping
spans across generations
Murat and his children