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


Rosemary's story

Rosemary 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 growth forest, make Kakamega particularly attractive for beekeeping. Rosemary is widowed and has six children. She has been farming for forty five years, and is currently growing maize, vegetables and sugarcane on her land. She is excited to become a beekeeper because, as she says, “I love honey as medicine.” This is Rosemary’s first loan with Kiva, and she plans to invest the income from her hives into her farming activities. When asked about her hopes for the future, Rosemary replied “I don’t want to be poor.”



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