Samuel lives on a farm outside of Kitale town. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya. Originally dominated by English settlers in the early 20th century, the region’s farmland was redistributed after Kenya's independence. This left Trans-Nzoia one of Kenya’s most cosmopolitan areas, with individuals from a variety of linguistic and ethnic groups living in close proximity. The lush soil of the region ensures that farmers can grow a variety of crops, including maize, sunflowers, sugar cane, millet, and beans. Kitale is located near Mount Elgon, East Africa's oldest and largest solitary, extinct volcano. Its proximity to the dense Mount Elgon forest, as well as other neighboring forests, makes it a high-potential beekeeping region.
Samuel is married, and has five children. His wife works as a shopkeeper, while he tends to their farm. He has been farming for twelve years, and is currently growing sugarcane and maize crops. He is excited to become a beekeeper because the money generated by his hives will be a welcome extra source of income for him and his family.
This is Samuel’s first loan with Honey Care, and he plans to use the income generated by his hives to help educate his children and invest in his maize and sunflower production. His hope for the future is to be “successful in life through educating my children and [providing] good medical care for my family.”
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.