A loan of $200 helped to buy beehives and apiary materials for honey production.

Peter's story

Peter lives and works close to 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.

The area around Kitale is filled with natural forests, and the maintenance of tree covers 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.

Peter is married and has four children. Both him and his wife have been farming for twenty three years and are currently growing maize, an orchard, beans, and bananas and rearing livestock.

Peter is looking forward to becoming a beekeeper because the hives do not take up much space on his farm, yet still produce good income.

This is Peter’s first loan with Kiva, and he plans to use the income from his hives to “improve farming in general.”

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