Jeremiah lives in a small town in Kakamega County. Kakamega County is located in Western Kenya and is famous for its rainforest. Many farmers in the area grow maize, sugar cane, and bananas, with maize being the primary crop. The density of the old growth trees in the Kakamega forest, and the variety of crops grown in the area, make this an excellent area for beekeeping.
Jeremiah is married and has six children. Both he and his wife are farmers. They have been farming for fifteen years now, and they are currently growing maize, sugarcane, and vegetables on their farm. Jeremiah is excited about beekeeping, because it will provide him with honey for medicinal use.
This is Jeremiah's first loan with Honey Care, and he intends to use the proceeds from his beehives to invest in his farming. Jeremiah's hope for the future is to start a small business.
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.