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Robert
Robert lives close to Kamukuywa, near Kitale town. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya. It is located close to Uganda, and Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano which straddles the two nations and even has a peak at the Kenya-Uganda border. Founded by European settlers in the early 1900s, Kitale originally grew due to its proximity to the Ugandan railway, which has fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years. The area around Kitale is filled with natural forests, and maintenance of tree cover by the area’s residents has helped both preserve the region’s soil and ensure that the area remains good for beekeeping. Kitale is the headquarters of the Kenya Seed Company, whose massive sunflower plantations provide nearby bees with a veritable buffet of high-quality forage.

Robert is married, and has two children. His wife works as an administrator for local government, while Robert engages in projects on their land. He has been farming for ten years, and is currently growing sugarcane, maize and bananas, as well as tending to a tree plantation. Robert is excited to learn more about bees, and likes beekeeping because it is a source of income that also provides honey for consumption.

This is Robert’s first loan, and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives for domestic use, as well as to help pay his children’s school fees. Robert’s dream for the future is to expand his apiary and do “large scale beekeeping.”

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
  • 933
    View loans »
    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $41,060,325
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 86.7
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $175 helped Robert to buy beehives for honey production.
4% repaid
Repayment Term
38 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Sep 9, 2013
Listed
Jul 15, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible