A loan of $250 helped to buy beehives for honey production.

Christopher's story

Christopher lives in a farm outside of Kitale town. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya and, at over 6,300 feet above sea level, is one of Africa’s most elevated towns. The rich soil of the area makes it one of the nation's biggest maize producing regions, lending it the nickname of “the breadbasket of Kenya.” Once the maize has been harvested from the fields, many farmers grow sunflowers on their land, which is an excellent source of forage for bees. Furthermore, many farmers have started projects planting bluegum trees, which complement the region’s natural forests and provide bees with a variety of food sources. Kitale is located close to Mount Elgon, an extinct shield volcano that extends into both Uganda and Kenya. The people from around Mount Elgon have been beekeeping for centuries and the area is dense with strong bee colonies.

Christopher is married and has ten children. Both he and his wife are farmers and they are currently growing coffee, avocados, maize, and beans on their land as well as managing a dairy farming project. Christopher is excited to become a beekeeper because the bees will help pollinate his crops and the money from his honey will help him with other projects on his farm.

This is Christopher’s first loan with Honey Care and he plans to use the income to help him educate his children to higher levels. In the future, his hope is to “expand bee-keeping in my farm to ensure I am successful in it.”

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