In 2010, Bees Abroad was approached by the Chief of Ote Village – a remote and inaccessible village in Akwaya, in the rainforest area of South West Cameroon. His vision was to find ways for the local communities to diversify their incomes and improve their well-being; particularly to help the children to get more food.
The area is very deprived, mortality is high, and malnutrition among the village children is rife.
The area is home to many young mothers who are desperately disadvantaged. Girls can be married by 11 years; women are pregnant for most of their childbearing years. Upon marriage, girls join their husband’s village and family. If their husband dies or takes a second wife, they are often banished, disinherited, landless and homeless.