Donald lives in Kakamega county with his wife and seven children. Kakamega is located in Western Kenya and 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 concentration of farms in the area, which provide bees with a variety of forage.
Donald has been farming for eight years, and is currently growing bananas on his land. He is interested in working with Honey Care because they provide a guaranteed market for the honey his hives will produce. He is also excited to start beekeeping for two reasons: because honey is medicinal, and because he has always dreamt of doing beekeeping.
This is Donald's first loan, and he plans on using the income from his hives to help pay his children's school fees. When asked about his hopes and dreams for the future, Donald said that he would like "to be able to help the needy."
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.