Gerald lives in Kakamega county, western Kenya, with his wife and six children. He has been farming for thirty years and is currently growing maize and vegetables. He thinks that Honey Care beehives are the best because they produce high quality honey, and he likes beekeeping because it is a manageable activity. This is his first loan, and he plans to use the extra income generated from his honey production to buy more beehives. Gerald hopes to one day live a comfortable life.
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.