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

Paul's story

Paul lives on a farm outside of Kitale town. 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, East Africa's oldest and largest solitary extinct volcano. Its proximity to the dense Mount Elgon forest, as well as other neighboring forests, makes it a high-potential beekeeping region.

Paul is married, and has four children. His wife works as a businesswoman, while Paul farms their land. He has been farming for ten years, and is currently growing maize, beans and coffee, as well as raising cattle. He is excited to start beekeeping because, “it is easy to keep bees and it only [requires] capital investment in hives and no other costs.”

This is Paul’s first loan, and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives to help him pay his children’s school fees. Paul’s hope for the future is to be able to “invest heavily in agricultural projects.”

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