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

Phesto's story

Phesto 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.

Phesto is married, and he has twelve children. His wife is a homemaker, while Phesto farms their land. He has been farming for no fewer than 68 years, and he is currently growing sugarcane and vegetables on his land. He likes beekeeping because “there is no hard work around it,” and it still produces income.

This is Phesto’s first loan with Kiva. He plans to use the income to “take care of my wife and I, as we are old.”

Phesto’s hope for the future is “for my children to live a good life.”

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