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Mary lives in a small town near Ukunda, close to the Kenyan coast. She is currently retired, and has five children. She likes beekeeping because she enjoys eating honey, and is excited that Honey Care employees will help take care of her beehives. This is her first loan to buy beehives, and she plans to use the extra income from her hives to build a house.

Additional Information

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.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 715
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $44,827,200
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 87.6
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $300 helped Mary to buy beehives to supplement her income.
16% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Apr 23, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
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