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

Beatrice's story

Beatrice lives in a small town outside of Kitale. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya. Originally dominated by English settlers in the early 20th century, the region’s farmland was redistributed after independence. This left Trans-Nzoia one of Kenya’s most cosmopolitan areas, with individuals from a variety of linguistic and ethnic groups living in close proximity. The lush soil of the region ensures that farmers can grow a variety of crops, including maize, sunflower, sugar cane, millet, and beans. Kitale is located near Mount Elgon, the oldest and largest solitary extinct volcano in East Africa. Its proximity to the dense Mount Elgon forest, as well as other neighboring forests, makes it a high-potential beekeeping region.

Beatrice is married, and has five children. Her husband works as a technician for the Nzoia Water Company, while she farms their land; she is currently growing maize, bananas and beans. She is excited to work with Honey Care because "they are professionals in the industry and I have no doubt in my mind that this project they have initiated will be successful." She is also interested in starting beekeeping because "I love honey and the money from honey will push me a long way."

This is Beatrice's first loan, and she plans to use the income generated by her hives to pay school fees for her five children. When asked about her hopes and dreams for the future, Beatrice said that she wishes "to have a stable income throughout life. I am looking at this business as my retirement benefit."

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