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


Gatarama's story

Gatarama lives close to Tsimba, in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast, near Tanzania. Inconsistent rains, especially recently, have made farming difficult, and the poverty rates in the county are above the Kenyan average. Beekeeping is somewhat new to Kwale, but the passion fruit farms and mangrove forests throughout the area provide excellent sources of nectar for bee colonies. Many farmers in the area have expressed excitement at the prospect of owning their own hives and having a second source of income from the honey to help care for their families. Gatarama is married and has one child. His wife works in business training, while Gatarama tends to the family farm. He has been farming for six years, and is currently growing mangoes on their land. Gatarama is looking forward to working with Honey Care because their Hive Technicians give very efficient service, and he is also interested in the pollination benefits that bees will give his agricultural crops. This is Gatarama’s first loan, and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives to expand his beekeeping project. In the future, Gatarama hopes to increase the yields from his hives and become a “major honey producer.”



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