Luke is married and has five children. The couple are both farmers, and they are currently growing maize, carrots, tomatoes and other vegetables on their land. Luke is an experienced beekeeper; he started beekeeping when he was young and says it is his hobby.
This is Luke's first Kiva loan, and he is applying for 25,000 KES through Honey Care to buy beehives. He likes that Honey Care guarantees a market for his honey. He plans to use the proceeds from his honey sales to pay the primary and secondary school fees for his children. He hopes to expand his apiary to a hundred hives in the future.
When asked about his hopes and dreams, Luke states that he wants to "see my children through school and become an expert in beekeeping."
About Honey Care AfricaHoney 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.
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