Eglay lives in Kakamega. Kakamega County is located in Western Kenya and is famous for its rain forest. Many farmers in the area grow maize, sugar cane and bananas, with maize being the primary crop. The density of the old growth trees in the Kakamega forest, and the variety of crops grown in the area, make this an excellent area for beekeeping.
Eglay is married and has six children. Both she and her husband are farmers. They have been farming for twelve years now and they are currently growing maize and bananas. They also practice dairy and poultry farming and beekeeping. Eglay is excited about beekeeping as it will earn her some income and provide her with honey for both food and medicine.
This is Eglay's first loan with Honey Care and she plans to use the proceeds from her beehives to invest in her farm. Eglay's hope for the future is to live a comfortable life and own her own car.
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.