Loise lives in the Homa Bay area of Kenya. Homa Bay county is located in southwestern Kenya and borders on 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.
Loise is married and has six children. She has been farming mangoes, pawpaw, citrus, avocado, maize, beans, and millet for eight years. She is excited to start beekeeping because she loves honey and it will earn her money she can use for household expenses. Loise will use the expected profits to start a small posho mill (grain grinding) 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.