Francis lives in a small town in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast, and borders Tanzania to the south. Inconsistent rainfalls make farming difficult, and contribute to the area's high poverty rates. Despite the unreliable rainfall, bees in the region have two excellent sources of food, from a wild mangrove forest and local passion fruit plantations. Beekeeping is relatively new to the area, but many farmers are very interested in owning hives.
Francis is married and has three children. Both he and his wife practice farming, and they currently have a tree plantation. They have been farming for nine years. Francis is looking forward to starting bee keeping, as it will generate him good income.
This is Francis’ first loan with Honey Care, and he intends to use the income generated from bee keeping to expand his cultivated land.
His hope for the future is to save up money to expand his quail business.
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.