Moses lives and works in the Kimilili region, near Kitale town. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya, and at over 6,300 feet above sea level, is one of Africa’s most elevated towns. The rich soil of the area makes it one of the nation's biggest maize producing regions, lending it the nickname of “the breadbasket of Kenya.” Many farmers in the region have started projects planting bluegum trees on their land, which complement the region’s natural forests and provide bees with a variety of food sources. The people around Kitale have been beekeeping for centuries, and the area is dense with strong bee colonies.
Moses is married, and has seven children. His wife works as a business lady, while Moses engages in projects on their land. Moses has been farming for sixteen years, and is currently tending to an orange orchard, as well as growing bananas, millet and trees in a plantation. Moses likes beekeeping for two main reasons: “It has a good income. The honey is [also] good for our health.”
This is Moses’ first loan, and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives to “educate my children and improve my farming activities, especially dairy and poultry farming.” Moses’ hope for the future is “to develop a commercial plot in our township to ensure my family and I have a solid future.”
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.