A loan of $1,125 helped to purchase new cages, materials for raising bees, and a beekeeper's uniform.

Francisco's story

Francisco is 48 years old and lives in a municipality of the department of Bolívar with his domestic partner and their 3 children, who range in age from 12 to 22 years. Many years ago, Francisco visited Costa Rica and worked as a volunteer forest ranger. Full of dreams when he returned, Francisco sought technical training with the Colombian National Service. He also began a business producing and selling honey. The 2 colonies he began with have since multiplied into the 24 colonies he now has in production. He needs to change the colonies into new changes which means that he will need to acquire materials and a complete beekeeper's uniform.

Francisco receives help from his son in the execution of this business. His son has learned all of the techniques and adds value to the business. Francisco's goals are to: register his products with the National Institute of Medicines and Nourishment ("INVIMA"); add to his production equipment; and open a storefront. Drought is the greatest challenge that his business faces, because fewer flowers bloom. He is able to overcome periods of drought by purchasing additional feed for his bees.

This Kiva loan is the first loan that Francisco has applied for through Fundación Mario Santo Domingo. He will use the loan to purchase new cages, materials for raising the bees and a complete beekeeper's uniform. With this loan Francisco can begin, bit-by-bit, fulfilling the goals of prosperity which he focuses on every day.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Kati Mayfield

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