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

Elisha's story

Elisha lives and works outside of 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.

Elisha is married, and has seven children. He has been farming for twenty years, and is currently growing maize, tending to an orchard and rearing livestock. Elisha likes beekeeping because the bees require little oversight: it “can’t tie you [to an area] like cattle, for instance.”

This is Elisha’s first loan, and he plans to use the income generated by his beehives to improve his farming activities. His hope for the future is “to educate my children with ease.”

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