Johanes is married and has seven children. Johanes works as a pastor and a farmer, while his wife farms their land full-time. They have been farming for thirty-five years, and are currently growing maize, sorghum, beans, soy, amaranth, bananas, and sunflowers on their land. Johanes is excited to start beekeeping because he will have honey (which he will use to cure his children’s coughs) as well as income to improve his housing.
This is Johanes’ first loan, and he plans to use the income to cover his children’s school fees, as well as basic family needs. In the future, Johanes hopes that his children “will take up beekeeping as a project for income [rather] than end up in things like crime.” He would like to thank his Kiva lenders and asks if he can be in touch with them for further advice.
Johanes lives and works near Sindo, in Homa Bay county. Homa Bay county is located in south-western Kenya, and borders onto Lake Victoria, the second-largest lake in the world. Populations are dense close to the lake, where many individuals make their living from fishing, and a few work in the small but slowly growing tourism industry. A popular tourist attraction in Homa Bay county is Ruma National Park, a game reserve that is home to the rare roan antelope, a shy species distantly related to the reticulated giraffe. Most people in Homa Bay make their living from farming, and the rolling hills of the area are dotted with fields and fruit tree plantations.
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.