A loan of $325 helped to buy apiary materials and refurbished beehives for honey production.

Joseph's story

Joseph lives in a small town in Kwale county. Kwale county is located on the Kenyan coast near the border of Tanzania. While beekeeping has not historically been a major activity in the region, the mangrove swamps closer to the coast and large passion fruit farms inland provide bees with robust sources of nectar. Honey Care has offered farmers in the area a chance to purchase year-old beehives that have been repaired and re-waxed, and many individuals opted to buy these cheaper hives instead of new ones.

Joseph is married and has two children. His wife works as a businesswoman, while Joseph runs a restaurant. In their time off they both farm their land, where they are currently tending to tree plantations. Joseph himself likes beekeeping because it represents a “sustainable use of forests.”

This is Joseph’s first loan with Kiva, and he plans to use the income from his hives to buy restaurant equipment. His dream for the future is “to establish a 3 star restaurant financed by bees.”

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