Elias is married, and has five children. His wife works as a shopkeeper, while he farms their land. He has been farming for sixteen years, and is currently growing maize, beans and sunflowers. Elias is excited to start beekeeping because, “I will get pollination in my farm to increase yield and quality of my crops.”
This is Elias’ first loan with Honey Care and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives “for the purposes of school fees. I am creating an education fund for my children in [the form of] bee hives.”
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.