Margaret lives in Kakamega county, in Western Kenya. The county is famous for the Kakamega Forest, the only tropical rain forest in Kenya. It is a very good location for beekeeping due to the old growth trees in the forest and the concentration of farms in the area, which provide bees with a variety of forage.
Margaret has four children and is currently growing maize and bananas on her land. She likes keeping bees because it is easy and another source of income. She also enjoys working with Honey Care because "they don't just sell you the beehive, they deliver them to your farm."
In the future, Margaret hopes to live a better life. This is her first loan and she plans to use the income generated from her beehives to buy a dairy cow.
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.