Kassim lives in a small town in Kwale County. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast and 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. Honey Care has offered farmers in the area a chance to purchase year-old beehives that have been repaired and re-waxed, and many individuals opted to buy these cheaper hives instead of new ones.
Kassim is single and has no children. He is a farmer and has been farming for six years now. He is currently growing maize and mangoes in his farm. Kassim is excited about beekeeping as it will be a source of honey for domestic use.
This is Kassim’s first loan with Honey Care. He intends to use the proceeds from his beehives to buy a motorcycle. Kassim’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.