Daniel lives outside of Kakamega town, in Kakamega county.
Daniel is married, and has three children. His wife works as a "business lady" while Daniel farms. He has been farming for 30 years and is currently growing maize, beans, and bananas on his land. He is looking forward to becoming a beekeeper because beekeeping is not a time consuming activity and will let him focus on other parts of his farm.
This is Daniel's first loan and he plans to use the income from his beehives to buy food for his cows, buy more beehives, and purchase some farm tools. When asked about his hopes and dreams for the future, Daniel said he hopes that his children "get jobs, so that my grandchildren can have a good life."
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.