Eunice lives outside of Magondi, in Kwale County. Kwale County is located on the Kenyan coast near the border of Tanzania. While beekeeping has not historically been a major activity in the region, the mangrove swamps closer to the coast and large passion fruit farms inland provide bees with robust sources of nectar. Though most farmers in the area are new to beekeeping, many are very enthusiastic about keeping bees.
Eunice is married and has three children. Her husband works as a gospel minister, while she tends to their land. She has been farming for six years, and is currently raising cattle. She is happy to work with Honey Care because their Hive Technicians give "dedicated service" to her beehives. Eunice also likes beekeeping because it is a way to control bees, which can be dangerous otherwise.
This is Eunice's first loan, and she plans to use the income generated from her beehives to expand the stock in a small retail shop she runs. In the future, Eunice hopes to grow her hives into "a large bee project."
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.