Ndegwa lives in a town called Mwanduda, in the Kwale province of eastern Kenya. He is married with four children, and he and his wife have been farming for 35 years. He is currently growing citrus plants, as well as jatropha, a hardy shrub with seeds that are currently being used to make biodiesel.
This is his first Kiva loan, and he plans to use the income generated from the beehives he will buy to help pay for school fees. One day, Ndegwa hopes to start a horticulture farm on his land.
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.