A loan of $300 helped to buy beehives for honey production.

Gladys's story

Gladys lives on a farm outside of Kakamega town, in Kakamega county. Kakamega county is located in Western Kenya and is famous for having the only tropical rain forest in the country. Most farmers in Kakamega grow maize, but sugarcane, papaya, bananas and tea are also popular crops. The variety of crops grown in the region, as well as the abundance of vegetation in the old grown forest, make Kakamega particularly attractive for beekeeping.

Gladys is married and has five children. Her husband is a casual worker with a local sugar company, while Gladys farms their land. She has been farming for three years, and is currently growing vegetables, maize, beans, and sorghum. Gladys likes beekeeping because it does not require hard work but still produces returns.

This is Gladys’ first loan with Kiva, and she plans to use the income from her hives to buy a dairy cow. Her hope for the future is to “buy more land and build a good house for my family.”

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