Jesse lives in a small village outside of Kakamega town, in Kakamega county. Kakamega is located in Western Kenya and 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.
Jesse is married, and has twelve children. Both he and his wife have been farming for thirty-five years, and are currently growing maize, beans and vegetables on their land. Jesse likes beekeeping because “it doesn’t require hard work.”
This is Jesse’s first loan, and he plans to use the income generated from his beehives to take care of his grandchildren and pay people to help him farm. Jesse’s hope for the future is to see his grandchildren grow up well, and live happy lives.
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.