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


Mary's story

Mary lives and works near Cherengani, in the Kitale region. 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 made Trans-Nzoia 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 it a high-potential beekeeping region.

Mary is married, and has nine children. Both she and her husband are farmers, and have been in this business for ten years. They are currently growing maize and vegetables on their land, as well as tending to dairy animals and raising poultry.

Mary is excited to become a beekeeper because she sees it as a profitable activity that also helps protect the environment. This is her’s first loan, and she plans to use the income to top up the funds she has for paying her children’s school fees.



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