Andrea lives in Kakamega county in western Kenya. He is a widower, and has been farming his land for over 40 years. He is currently growing maize, and is happy that Honey Care will provide free services for his beehives, which he describes as a good source of income. He and his wife had 10 children, who themselves now have children, and he plans to use the proceeds from his hives to help pay his grandchildren's school fees. He hopes one day to live a better life with his grandchildren.
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.