Mariana lives with her husband in a small town close to the Kenyan coast. She and her husband have four children. They have been farming for 38 years. They currently grow yellow passion fruit on their land. The region they live in is famous for its tangy, high-quality passion fruit. This is her first loan, and she is excited about working with Honey Care, whom she says "provides xcellent customer service."
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.