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Malach
Malach lives outside of Butere, in Kakamega county. Kakamega county is located 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.



Malach, who is unmarried, has been farming for four years, currently growing vegetables of various types on his land. Malach is excited to work with Honey Care because they provide good services, and is looking forward to becoming a beekeeper because it is "a manageable project" that will not require too much of his time.



This is Malach's first loan, and he plans to use the income generated from his beehive to help him start a small business. In the future, he hopes to continue to grow the number and typse of projects he is engaged in, and to live a comfortable life.

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
  • 1021
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,094,450
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 85.2
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $300 helped Malach to buy beehives for honey production.
6% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Aug 3, 2013
Listed
Jun 4, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible