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Jonah
Jonah lives close to 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 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.

Jonah is married, and has three children. Both he and his wife are farmers, and have been farming for eight years. They are currently growing maize and horticulture produce on their land. Jonah is excited to start beekeeping because it is a project that is not very involved, and will allow him to still focus on his primary farming.

This is Jonah’s first loan with Kiva, and he plans to use the income from his hives to invest in his children’s education.

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.

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About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 1034
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $43,108,375
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 87.5
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $200 helped Jonah to buy beehives and apiary materials for honey production.
6% repaid
Repayment Term
50 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Nov 24, 2013
Listed
Oct 14, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible