Miriam lives in Kidzumbani, 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: wild mangrove forest and local passion fruit plantations. Beekeeping is relatively new to the area, but many farmers are very interested in owning hives.
Miriam is married and has one child. Both she and her husband are farmers. They are currently growing a Casurina tree plantation in their farm. Miriam is excited about beekeeping as it is a good source of honey for domestic use.
This is Miriam’s first loan with Honey Care. She is interested in working with Honey Care because they have very professional service. She intends to use the proceeds generated from her beekeeping to pay for her college fees. Miriam’s hope for the future is to establish a commercial apiary.
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.