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

Francis's story

Francis lives in Diani, a beachside town in Kwale County. Kwale County is located on the Kenyan coast and borders Tanzania to the south.

Inconsistent rainfalls make farming difficult and contribute to the area's high poverty rates. Despite the unreliable rainfall, bees in the region have two excellent sources of food: wild mangrove forest and local passion fruit plantations. Bee-keeping is relatively new to the area, but many farmers are very interested in owning hives.

Francis is unmarried, and has been farming for three years. He is currently tending to a tree plantation on his land, as well as passion fruit, and is interested in bee-keeping, because the bees will use the nectar from the trees to make their honey, thereby giving him another income stream until his trees mature. He also likes bee-keeping, because it increases the production of passion fruit, boosting yields and the quality of the fruit.

This is Francis’ first loan and in the future he hopes to establish his own honey business. He plans to use the income generated from his beehives to help pay his college fees.

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