Beekeeping is somewhat new to Kwale, but the passion fruit farms and mangrove forests throughout the area provide excellent sources of nectar for bee colonies. Many farmers in the area have expressed excitement at the prospect of owning their own hives and having a second source of income from their honey to help care for their families.
Veronicah is married and has four children. Both she and her husband have been farming for nine years and are currently growing mangoes on their land. Veronica is excited to start beekeeping because the bees do all the work and you don't have to worry about caring for them!
This is Veronicah's first loan, and she plans to use the income generated by her beehives to invest in dairy goats. Her hope for the future is to grow her beekeeping business enough "to establish commercial apiaries."
About Honey Care AfricaHoney Care Africa (HCA) is a for-profit social enterprise that trains smallholder farmers to become commercial honey producers and provides ongoing support for hive owners. Founded in Kenya in 2000, it is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and aims to increase the income of rural farmers throughout East Africa.
Kiva lenders’ funds will help HCA make loans in the form of a certain number of beehives per family to jumpstart income. This new approach will simplify the process of hive purchase and honey production and will enable HCA to reach many more farmers. Farmers will repay the organization the same way they would for a typical loan.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
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