Sandra lives in a small town in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast, and it is the southernmost Kenyan county. Though some of the towns along the beach see benefits from tourism, the majority of people living inland are farmers, and the region's inconsistent rains can make agricultural yields unpredictable. Beekeeping is a relatively new activity in the area, but many farmers here are enthusiastic at the prospect of owning their own hives.
Sandra is single and has no children. She is currently tending to tree plantations on her land, and has been farming for three years. Sandra likes beekeeping because it will give her a source of honey for home use, and because it provides a good income.
This is Sandra's first loan with Honey Care, and she plans to use the income generated by her beehives to start a small restaurant business. Sandra's hope for the future is to expand her business into catering for groups and events.
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.