Marius, a Romanian father, scraped together his minimal funds to start a beekeeping business. He kept his beehives in a village close to the base of a mountain, but unknowingly to him, this environment harmed his bees. In one winter, he lost them all to disease. His financial loss and dwindling funds left Marius deeply discouraged.
CAM staff saw Marius’ need as well as his fervent desire to support his family of nine. They used funds from the Family-Self-Support program to give Marius another chance at beekeeping.
This time, Marius placed the hives closer to the top of the mountain, around thirty minutes from his home. This new environment is helping the bees thrive and produce well. Marius and his son strive to be better beekeepers and see a future working together alongside these amazing insects. Honey sales are a big help to the family, especially in the wintertime when income possibilities are almost non-existent and they need extra funds to heat their home.
Marius appreciates the second chance he’s been given. He says, “I’m not sure who the people were who assisted us with money to buy beehives, but they’ve helped us earn our bread.” Marius and his family see God taking care of them every time they sell a jar of honey produced by busy little bees.