Charles lives in Kitale. Kitale is located in the Trans-Nzoia district of western Kenya.
Originally dominated by English settlers in the early 20th century, the region’s farmland was redistributed after independence. This left Trans-Nzoia as one of Kenya’s most cosmopolitan areas, with individuals from a variety of linguistic and ethnic groups living in close proximity. The lush soil of the region ensures that farmers can grow a variety of crops, including maize, sunflower, sugar cane, millet, and beans. Kitale is located near Mount Elgon, East Africa's oldest and largest, solitary, extinct volcano, whose substantial forest cover makes Kitale a high-potential beekeeping region.
Charles is married and has three children. He is a village elder. Both he and his wife practice farming. They have been farming for 15 years now and they are currently growing maize, beans, and bananas and they rear livestock, as well. Charles is excited about beekeeping since he will earn some income from the sale of honey.
This is Charles’ first loan with Honey Care Africa and he plans to use the proceeds from his beehives to invest in his farm business and help the needy. Charles’ hope for the future is to live a modern life.
About Honey Care Africa
Honey Care Africa (HCA) is a for-profit social enterprise that trains smallholder farmers to become commercial honey producers and provides ongoing support for hive owners. Founded in Kenya in 2000, it is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and aims to increase the income of rural farmers throughout East Africa.
Kiva lenders’ funds will help HCA make loans in the form of a certain number of beehives per family to jumpstart income. This new approach will simplify the process of hive purchase and honey production and will enable HCA to reach many more farmers. Farmers will repay the organization the same way they would for a typical loan.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.