Leavy lives in Kakamega town, outside of Kakamega county in Western Kenya, close to the Ugandan border. It contains the only tropical rain forest in Kenya, and the variety of the flora in the region makes it well suited for beekeeping. It has one of the highest rural population densities in the world (in some areas, close to 600 people per square kilometer), which may contribute to the region's high poverty rates.
Leavy is married, and has three children. Both him and his wife have been farming for seven years, and are currently growing maize, vegetables and sugar cane on their land. Leavy is excited to begin beekeeping with Honey Care because he does not need to feed the bees to receive honey.
Leavy plans to use the income generated from his hives to pay his children's school fees and feed his family. When asked about his hopes and dreams for the future, Leavy said that he hopes "to build a good house for my family and for my children to get good jobs."
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.