A loan of $1,000 helped to buy food for his beehives.

Fatmir's story

Fatmir, a bee master, is a 52-year-old married father of three. He sells honey to wholesale buyers, as well as to locals in small quantities. In addition to the bee activity, he repairs cars with his self taught skills. Fatmir wants to buy food for his beehives.

Fatmir has placed his bee hives about 6km away from the town where he lives, due to the fact that the mountain where they’re placed gives the bees all the necessary nutrients and goods to grow and breed. The flowers in the mountains around have a very strong scent and the honey smells like that as well.

Where Fatmir’s village is now, it used to be a marsh. Due to volunteering work by all volunteers from each end of Albania during the communist era, the water was drained and turned into a loam; there is still a starch factory that is functional. Animals such as sheep and cows are the livestock kept most by villagers. Massive projects were undertaken from the previous regime on basis of volunteerism, such as building railways, olive groves, turning marshes into loams, steep hills turned into orange plantations and so many more.

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