A loan of $350 helped to buy beehives and apiary materials for honey production.

Paulo's story

Paulo 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. 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.

Paulo is married, and has five children. His wife works as a teacher, while Paulo farms their land. He has been farming for thirteen years, and is currently growing maize, livestock, bananas, and vegetables. He is excited to start beekeeping because it will provide him with a good source of income without taking up too much of his time.

This is Paulo’s first loan with Kiva, and he plans to use the income generated from his hives to pay for his children’s education.

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