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Joseph lives in a small town in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast near the border of Tanzania. While beekeeping has not historically been a major activity in the region, the mangrove swamps closer to the coast and large passion fruit farms inland provide bees with robust sources of nectar. 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.

Joseph is married and has two children. His wife works as a businesswoman, while Joseph runs a restaurant. In their time off they both farm their land, where they are currently tending to tree plantations. Joseph himself likes beekeeping because it represents a “sustainable use of forests.”

This is Joseph’s first loan with Kiva, and he plans to use the income from his hives to buy restaurant equipment. His dream for the future is “to establish a 3 star restaurant financed by bees.”

Additional Information

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.


About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 622
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $44,775,100
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 85.9
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD
Paying Back

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $325 helped Joseph to buy apiary materials and refurbished beehives for honey production.
0% repaid
Repayment Term
50 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Feb 23, 2014
Dec 24, 2013
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