Joseph is married and has six children. He lives in Kitale 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.
Joseph operates a business cultivating farms using tractors for a fee. Both he and his wife are farmers. They have been farming for 20 years and they are currently growing maize, beans, peas, vegetables, trees, and bananas. Joseph is excited about beekeeping as it will provide him with honey and the bees will help in pollinating his crops.
Joseph is requesting his first loan with Honey Care. He plans to use the proceeds from his beehives to buy high-grade cows. Joseph's hope for the future is to live a good life.
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.