Moses lives and works close to Kimilili, near Kitale. 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 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, sunflower, sugar cane, millet, and beans. Kitale is located near Mount Elgon, East Africa's oldest and largest solitary extinct volcano, whose substantial forest cover makes Kitale a high-potential beekeeping region.
Moses is married and has thirteen children. Both he and his wife do some work around the farm and are currently growing maize, bananas, cassava, trees, sugarcane, and potatoes. Moses is excited to start beekeeping because “honey production is easy to manage. I love honey and am happy I will finally be able to participate in its production.”
This is Moses’ first loan, and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives “to educate my children as well as help orphans around my home.” When asked about his hopes for the future, Moses said “I am disabled and this project will enable me to seek medication and live a more fulfilling life.”
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.