Henry lives outside of Kakamega town, in Kakamega county. Kakamega county is located in Western Kenya and is famous for its rainforest. Many farmers in the area grow maize, sugarcane and bananas, with maize being the primary crop. The density of the old growth trees in the Kakamega forest and the variety of crops grown in the area make this an excellent area for beekeeping.
Henry is married and has seven children. Both he and his wife have been farming for thirteen years, and are currently growing beans, maize and sweet potatoes. Henry is excited to work with Honey Care because they conduct hive inspections every month.
This is Henry's first loan, and he plans to use the income generated from his hives to help provide the basic needs of his family, including food, clothing and school fees. In the future, Henry hopes to "buy a big farm and do more farming."
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.