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

Josephine's story

Josephine lives in a small town in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast and borders Tanzania to the south. Inconsistent rainfall makes farming difficult and contributes to the area's high poverty rates. Despite the unreliable rainfall, bees in the region have two excellent sources of food -- wild mangrove forests and local passion fruit plantations. Beekeeping is relatively new to the area, but many farmers are very interested in owning hives.

Josephine is married and has two children. Her husband works as a poultry farmer, raising quail, while she tends to their home and raises their children. Josephine has been farming for nine years and is currently growing oranges and maize on their land. She is happy to start beekeeping because it will give her family honey to eat, which will help their health.

This is Josephine’s first loan with Kiva and she plans to use the income from her hives to expand the cultivated land on her farm.

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