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

Samson's story

Samson lives on a farm outside of Kitale town. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya. It is located close to Uganda and Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano which straddles the two nations and even has a peak at the Kenya-Uganda border.

Founded by European settlers in the early 1900s, Kitale originally grew due to its proximity to the Ugandan railway, which has fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years. The area around Kitale is filled with natural forests, and maintenance of tree cover by the area’s residents has helped both preserve the region’s soil and ensured that the area remains good for beekeeping. Kitale is the headquarters of the Kenya Seed Company, whose massive sunflower plantations provide nearby bees with a veritable buffet of high-quality forage.

Samson is married and has ten children. His wife works as a teacher, while Samson engages in projects around their land. He has been farming for 40 years and is currently growing maize and sunflower crops, as well as undertaking dairy farming. Samson is excited to start beekeeping because the bees will pollinate his crops, giving him increased yields and improved quality of produce.

This is Samson’s first loan and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives to educate his children. In the future, Samson’s dream is “to live a better life and have several sources of income from my farm.”

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