Hesbon lives outside of Kakamega town, in Kakamega county. Kakamega is located in western Kenya and is famous for the Kakamega Forest, the only tropical rain forest in Kenya. It is a very good location for beekeeping due to the old growth trees in the forest and the concentration of farms in the area, which provide bees with a variety of forage.
Hesbon is married and has three children. Both he and his wife run businesses, as well as farming their land. They have been farming for 17 years and are currently growing sugarcane, vegetables, maize and rearing a cow.
This is Hesbon’s first loan with Kiva, and he plans to use the income from his hives to expand his business. Hesbon’s hope for the future is to save up enough money to construct rental houses.
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.