Plan bee

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We’ve seen development aid projects advertised up and down the Hunza Valley. There are initiatives from the US, Japanese, German and Swiss governments at least, plus a sizable presence from Caritas, the Catholic charity.

Most of the project appear to focus on the empowerment of women. That’s probably appropriate when gender roles are still clearly defined here and, just a few valleys over, the Taliban are focussing on dis-empowering women.

Our favourite so far is a USAid initiative which helps women beekeepers recover from flooding and generally improve their output. They call it “Plan Bee”. Sweet name.

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