Sammy lives outside of Kakamega town in western Kenya. Kakamega county is famous for its rain forest, which is the only rain forest of its type in Kenya. 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.
Sammy is married, and has three children. Both he and his wife farm, and they are currently growing sugar cane on their land. Sammy is an experienced beekeeper, and he tends to several traditional log hives. When asked about beekeeping, he said: "It is my passion and I've been doing it ever since I was in primary school. I love bees."
He is excited to work with Honey Care because he likes that their methods of extracting honey do not destroy the honeycombs. This is his first loan, and he plans to use the income to pay school fees for his children and buy more hives. In the future, Sammy hopes to own at least 100 hives, and to take his beekeeping "to a higher level."
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.