Lilian lives on a farm outside of Kakemga town in Kakamega county. Kakamega county is located in Western Kenya, close to the Ugandan border. It contains the only tropical rainforest 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.
Lilian is married and has three children. She is currently leasing land and uses it to grow horticulture crops like green peppers and tomatoes. Lilian is excited to start beekeeping because it is an activity that is easy to manage and will generate good returns.
This is Lilian’s first loan and she plans to use the income generated by her beehives to educate her children and invest in her farm work. In the future, Lilian’s hope is to buy her farm outright.
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.