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


Ruth's story

Ruth lives in Maphombe, in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast, near Tanzania. Inconsistent rains, especially recently, have made farming difficult, and the poverty rates in the county are above the Kenyan average.

Beekeeping is somewhat new to Kwale, but the passion fruit farms and mangrove forests throughout the area provide excellent sources of nectar for bee colonies. Many farmers in the area have expressed excitement at the prospect of owning their own hives and having a second source of income from their honey to help care for their families.

Ruth is widowed and has seven children. She has been farming for 35 years. She is currently growing mangoes on her land, as well as some other food crops such as maize. Ruth is excited to start beekeeping because she wants to "understand the benefits of bees."

This is Ruth's first loan with Honey Care, and she plans to use the income generated by her beehives to buy food. In the future, Ruth hopes to save up enough money to build a new house.



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