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Honey for Tunisia

Hi, I'm Khaled. I’m 34 and I come from Tunisia. My family owns a fruit and vegetable outlet where I worked for a long time. But it was always my great dream to live in Europe. I made my way there in 2008 when I was 24 years old. Initially I spent a year in Italy. Then I travelled to Germany via France and Belgium.

I had good times. I fell in love with a German woman and after 5 years we got married in 2014. But although I learned German, it was incredibly difficult to find a job. And by 2017 my marriage had also failed. I lost my residence permit due to our divorce. I had to leave Germany.

So after almost 10 years I was back where I came from. Many things were as usual. But there was also something new: the "German-Tunisian Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration", CTA for short. The Centre's staff advise people like me who want to make a fresh start in Tunisia. They had an unusual idea for me – I could become a beekeeper!

And that's exactly what I'm doing now, training to be a beekeeper. Of course I am also back with my family and help in their business. I deliver the goods with my own truck. In future I'd like to do this with my own products: my objective is to be an independent beekeeper and supply local supermarkets and greengrocers with my own honey.


As of 01/2019

"I'd like to be an independent beekeeper and supply local supermarkets and greengrocers with my own honey."
Khaled, Tunisia