Roda lives in Kakamega County in western Kenya, where she grows maize and bananas. She is married with three children, and her husband is currently working as a watchman.
Roda likes Honey Care beehives because they produce lots of honey and are easy to manage. This is her first loan, and she plans to use the extra income generated by her hives to educate her children to a higher level. Her hope is to one day live a comfortable 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.