Pamela lives outside of Sindo, in Homa Bay County.
Pamela is married and has five children. Her husband is engaged in a livestock business, while Pamela herself runs a small kiosk selling consumable goods. Pamela has been farming for 12 years and is currently growing maize, beans, groundnuts, sunflower, and millet, as well as raising cows, dairy goats, and sheep. She likes beekeeping because she believes honey is a good food that is nutritious and can cure coughs.
This is Pamela’s first loan, and she plans to use the income from her beehives to pay school fees for her children. Her hope for the future is to expand her business and to be in amaranth farming.
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.