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

Michael's story

Michael lives and works close to Kitale town. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya. Originally dominated by English settlers in the early 20th century, the region’s farmland was redistributed after independence. This left Trans-Nzoia as one of Kenya’s most cosmopolitan areas with individuals from a variety of linguistic and ethnic groups living in close proximity. The lush soil of the region ensures that farmers can grow a variety of crops including maize, sunflower, sugar cane, millet and beans. Kitale is located near Mount Elgon, East Africa's oldest and largest solitary extinct volcano whose substantial forest cover makes Kitale a high potential beekeeping region.

Michael is married and has nine children. Both him and his wife are farmers, and they have been farming for fifteen years. They are currently growing indigenous vegetables, maize and sunflower as well as rearing cattle.

This is Michael’s first loan with Kiva, and this is how he plans to use the income generated by his hives: “for my upkeep as well as to buy more cows and fence my farm. All of my children have their own families, and I will also want my grandchildren to benefit from these funds.”

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