Monica lives in a small town in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast, and borders Tanzania to the south. Inconsistent rainfall makes farming difficult, and contributes to the area's high poverty rates. Despite the unreliable rainfall, bees in the region have two excellent sources of food, from wild mangrove forests and local passion fruit plantations. Beekeeping is relatively new to the area, but many farmers are very interested in owning hives.
Monica is married and has four children. Both she and her husband have been farming for 29 years and are currently growing cashew nuts on their land. Monica is looking forward to working with Honey Care because their Hive Technicians provide good service and the beehives will be a welcome source of income for her family.
This is Monica’s fist loan, and she plans to use the income generated by her beehives to pay her children’s school fees. In the future, Monica hopes to expand her apiary, eventually growing it to 20 beehives.
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.