Jennifer lives in a small town outside of Ukunda, close to the Kenyan coast. She has been farming for 23 years, and is currently growing passion fruit on her land.
Jennifer has four children, and hopes to use some of the income from the hives she will buy with this loan to build additions to her house. She hopes to make significant improvements to her farm in the future.
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.