Peter lives in Sindo, a small town in Homa Bay county. Homa Bay county is located in southwestern Kenya, and borders onto 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.
Peter is married and has twenty children. He is a para-vet (animal health worker) and he also provides beekeeping services. His wife is a fish monger. They have a farm where they have been farming for twenty-five years now, and they are currently growing watermelon, paw paws, beans, green grams, pumpkins, sunflowers, maize, millet and they are also keeping dairy goats. Peter is excited about beekeeping, as it an enterprise that is simple and less involving, and it will provide him with honey for medicinal use as well.
This is Peter’s first loan with Honey Care and he intends to use the proceeds from his beehives to pay school fees for his children and buy books and school uniforms for them. Peter’s hope for the future is to expand his beekeeping project and increase honey production.
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.