Peter lives in Kakamega town, in Kakamega county. Kakamega is famous for the Kakamega Forest, the only tropical rain forest in Kenya. It is a very good location for beekeeping due to the old-growth trees in the forest and concentration of farms in the area, which provide bees with a variety of forage.
Peter is married, and has three children. He is looking forward to becoming a beekeeper with Honey Care because the bees do all the work and he doesn't have to worry about caring for them.
Peter has been farming for 45 years, and his wife also farms. He and his wife are very busy farmers and are currently growing bananas, maize, beans, sugar cane, passion fruits, and a tea plantation on their land. They also do dairy farming.
This is Peter's first loan and he plans to use the income generated from his hives to help pay those individuals who help him as farm laborers. In the future, Peter wants his "children to come back home and take care of the farm, because at my age I cannot do it on my own."
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.