Nathan lives in Kakamega County in western Kenya, and has been farming for 25 years. His wife is also a farmer, and they are currently growing sweet potatoes, maize, and bananas on their land. He enjoys beekeeping because it is easy to manage. Nathan plans to use the income from his beehives to buy even more beehives, which will earn him additional income and give him the ability to buy more food for his wife and eight children.
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.