Case study: How bees are helping Belkis
"I've learnt a lot about how bees make honey. I am proud of my work". Belkis, Nicaragua
In rural Nicaragua, many families live in poverty. With poor soil it is hard to grow enough food, and paid work can be difficult to come by. That is why CAFOD’s beekeeping projects are so valuable to people like Belkis and her family.
The honey the beehive produces helps break the monotony of a diet consisting mainly of staples like beans and rice. It is also highly nutritious, and can help combat infections.
Working on a shared project like beekeeping also helps reinforce a sense of community. Belkis says "At first I was afraid of the bees, I was scared they would sting me, but I’m no longer afraid. I’ve learnt a lot about how bees work to make honey. Now we like to call ourselves the sisters and daughters of the bees".