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Peter
Peter lives and works close to Cherengani, in the Kitale region. 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.

Peter is married, and has five children. Both he and his wife are experienced farmers, having owned their plot for 28 years, and are currently growing maize, vegetables, beans and sunflowers as well as raising livestock and tending to natural forest on their land.

This is Peter’s first loan with Kiva, and he is excited for the chance “to improve my farming practices” through beekeeping. Peter plans to use the income generated by his beehives to help his family.

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
  • 755
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $40,271,975
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 87.5
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD
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This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $350 helped Peter to buy beehives and apiary materials for honey production.
7% 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