Simon lives outside of Kakamega town, Kenya, which is famous for its rain forest. Many farmers in the area grow maize, sugar cane, and bananas, with maize being the primary crop. This is an excellent area for beekeeping due to the density of old trees in the Kakamega forest and the variety of crops grown in the area.
Simon has been farming for forty years. He is currently growing sweet potatoes, cassava, and palm trees on his land. He is also tending to dairy cows. Simon likes beekeeping because it is a cheap, manageable activity.
This is Simon's first loan. He plans to use the income generated from his beehives to help buy medicine for his wife, who is sick. In the future, Simon hopes to earn enough from his farming activities so that he can take good care of his wife.
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.