Geoffrey has three children and lives in Kakamega County in western Kenya.
This is Geoffrey’s first loan, and he will use it to buy more beehives to place on his farmland. He likes the simplicity of beekeeping and the fact that beekeeping requires little labour, which frees him up for other tasks.
With the revenue from his new hives, Geoffrey hopes to buy two dairy cows and engage in both beekeeping and dairy farming. He also plans to use the income from the beehives to help pay for his children's school fees.
About Honey Care Africa
Honey Care Africa (HCA) is a for-profit social enterprise that trains smallholder farmers to become commercial honey producers and provides ongoing support for hive owners. Founded in Kenya in 2000, it is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and aims to increase the income of rural farmers throughout East Africa.
Kiva lenders’ funds will help HCA make loans in the form of a certain number of beehives per family to jumpstart income. This new approach will simplify the process of hive purchase and honey production and will enable HCA to reach many more farmers. Farmers will repay the organization the same way they would for a typical loan.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.