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


Charity's story

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

Charity is single, and runs a small restaurant in her town. She has been farming for three years, and is currently tending to a tree plantation on her land, which is good news for her bees: the young trees in her plantation will be good sources of nectar for her bee colonies, and will help boost her honey production. Charity is excited to become a beekeeper because it will give her a reliable source of high-quality honey for personal use.

This is Charity’s first loan with Kiva, and she plans to use the income from her hives to buy restaurant equipment.



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