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William
William lives in Ogongo which is a small town in Homa Bay County. Homa Bay county is located in south-western Kenya, close to both the Tanzanian border and Lake Victoria. Despite the proximity to the lake, water infrastructure in Homa Bay remains quite undeveloped. Inconsistent rains and occasional droughts make life difficult for farmers in the area. Nonetheless, farmers have adapted to these challenges by diversifying their crops to include cassava, sunflower, sorghum, bananas, groundnuts and millet. They also grow drought-resistant varieties of papaya and mangoes.

Although beekeeping has not traditionally been practiced in the region, many individuals have expressed interest in keeping bees and are knowledgeable about their pollination benefits.

William is married and has five children. He is a mason and his wife is a farmer. She has farmed for ten years and grows maize, beans, and green grams. William is excited about beekeeping as the bees will help pollinate his crops and provide him with honey.

This is William’s first loan with Honey Care and he intends to use the proceeds from his beehives to expand his beekeeping project. William’s hope for the future is to develop a hatchery from his poultry project and to increase his honey production.

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.

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About Kenya

  • $1,800
    Average annual income
  • 979
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    Kenya Loans Fundraising
  • $40,863,900
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 86.5
    Kenya Shillings (KES) = $1 USD
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This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $350 helped William to buy beehives and apiary materials for honey production.
5% repaid
Repayment Term
50 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
At end of term
Disbursed:
Apr 25, 2014
Listed
Feb 28, 2014
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible