Joseph lives in Maphombe, a small town in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast, and is the southernmost Kenyan county. Though some of the towns along the beach see benefits from tourism, the majority of people living inland are farmers, and the region's inconsistent rains can make agricultural yields unpredictable. Beekeeping is a relatively new activity in the area, but many farmers here are enthusiastic at the prospect of owning their own hives.
Joseph is married and has two children. Both he and his wife have been farming for 20 years and they are currently tending an orange orchard. Joseph is excited to work with Honey Care Africa because they have “very prompt service.” He is also interested in beekeeping because of the prospect of making his own honey, which he likes because of its medicinal benefits.
This is Joseph’s first loan and he plans to use the income generated from his hives to repair his leaking roof. In the future, Joseph hopes to build himself a new home.
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.