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Simon
Simon lives in Magodi, a small town in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast and borders Tanzania to the south. Inconsistent rainfalls make farming difficult and contribute to the area's high poverty rates. Despite the unreliable rainfall, bees in the region have two excellent sources of food from wild mangrove forest and local passion fruit plantations. Beekeeping is relatively new to the area but many farmers are very interested in owning hives.

Simon is married and has been farming for fifteen years. He is currently growing mangoes on his land and is excited to start beekeeping because honey sales will be another good source of income. He likes working with Honey Care Africa because they offer free training sessions and the chance to learn about beekeeping.

This is Simon’s first loan and he plans to use some of the income generated from his hives to build an enclosure for his animals.

Additional Information

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.

About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 417
    View loans »
    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $38,192,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 83.9
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $300 helped Simon to buy beehives for honey production.
4% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Jun 13, 2013
Listed
Apr 16, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible