Ogla lives in Kitale. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya. At over 6,300 feet above sea level, it is one of Africa’s most elevated towns. The rich soil of the area makes it one of the nation's biggest maize producing regions, lending it the nickname of “the breadbasket of Kenya.” Many farmers in the region have started projects planting bluegum trees on their land, which complement the region’s natural forests and provide bees with a variety of food sources. The people around Kitale have been beekeeping for centuries, and the area is dense with strong bee colonies.
Ogla is married and has four children. She runs a hotel business. Both she and her husband are farmers. They have been farming for five years now and they are currently growing vegetables and maize, and they also rear cattle on their farm. Ogla is excited about beekeeping as it will provide her with honey and earn her some income.
This is Ogla’s first loan with Honey Care and she intends to use the proceeds from her beehives to educate her children. Ogla’s hope for the future is to have an improved livelihood.
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.