A loan of $175 helped to buy beehives for honey production.

Robert's story

Robert lives close to Kamukuywa, near 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 ensure 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.

Robert is married, and has two children. His wife works as an administrator for local government, while Robert engages in projects on their land. He has been farming for ten years, and is currently growing sugarcane, maize and bananas, as well as tending to a tree plantation. Robert is excited to learn more about bees, and likes beekeeping because it is a source of income that also provides honey for consumption.

This is Robert’s first loan, and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives for domestic use, as well as to help pay his children’s school fees. Robert’s dream for the future is to expand his apiary and do “large scale beekeeping.”

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