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Christine
Christine lives in Magodi, in Kwale County. Kwale County is located on the Kenyan coast, near Tanzania. Inconsistent rains, especially recently, have made farming difficult, and the poverty rates in the county are above the Kenyan average. Beekeeping is somewhat new to Kwale, but the passion fruit farms and mangrove forests throughout the area provide excellent sources of nectar for bee colonies. Many farmers in the area have expressed excitement at the prospect of owning their own hives, and having a second source of income from their honey to help care for their families.

Christine is married, and has five children. She and her husband have been farming for five years, and are currently growing cashew nuts on their land. Christine is excited to start beekeeping because it is a good opportunity to earn income, especially since the dedicated service of the Hive Technicians means that she can focus on her farming.

This is Christine's first loan, and she plans to use the income generated by her beehives to start a poultry project. In the future, Christine hopes to save enough money to build a new family home.

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
  • 1041
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,108,375
    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 Christine to buy beehives for honey production.
4% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Aug 5, 2013
Listed
Jun 6, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible