Nancy lives with her husband and three children in Kakamega county, western Kenya. Kakamega is an area known for its production of sugar, and Nancy grows sugarcane on her land, along with maize. Her husband helps her with the farming and also works as a carpenter. This is her first loan with Kiva, and she plans to use the income from her beehives to expand her farming activities. In the future, Nancy wants to expand her farming activities and increase the size of her farm.
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.