A loan of $300 helped to buy beehives for honey production.


Bonface's story

Bonface lives in Kwale county, in southern Kenya. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast, near Tanzania. Inconsistent rains, especially recently, have made farming difficult, and the poverty rates in the county are above the Kenyan average. Beekeeping is somewhat new to Kwale, but the passion fruit farms and mangrove forests throughout the area provide excellent sources of nectar for bee colonies. Many farmers in the area have expressed excitement at the prospect of owning their own hives and having a second source of income from their honey to help care for their families. Bonface is married, and has six children. He has been farming for 25 years and is currently growing maize and mangoes on his land. He is excited to start beekeeping because the bees will help pollinate his crops, thereby increasing his production. He also likes the medicinal properties of honey and he hopes to use some of the honey produced by his hives for personal use. This is Bonface’s first loan and he will use the income generated from his beehives to pay his children’s school fees. In the future, Bonface hopes to start a tree plantation on his land.



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