Company Name:Honeycare Africa
Name of Program:
State / Region:Nairobi
Social Impact:Most of HCA's beekeepers were originally subsistence farmers who harvest other crops on an average of .5 - 2 acres of land each. However, with an average of four hives per farmer and with each hive producing 45-60kg of honey per year, thousands of farmers in HCA's program have an additional annual income of US$180-$US250.
Contact Name:Farouk Jiwa
Contact Information:P.O. Box 24487-00502
Muringa Ave, Nairobi, Kenya
Established in 2000 with the strict objectives of increasing the income of rural Kenyan farmers and creating triple bottom line returns, Honeycare Africa (HCA), a commercial company, channels high-quality honey harvested by trained beekeepers to the East African market. Using a "tripartite" model within which HCA partners with development organizations and rural communities, HCA facilitates the provision of beehives and bee-keeping equipment, training, and financing to farmers interested in earning supplemental income. In addition, HCA enters into a two year contract with farmers and buys the produce from them at a fixed priced, subsequently selling the honey through a distributorship agreement with a large East African food product manufacturer for a profit. HCA's partner development organizations subsidize the cost of farmers' initial purchase of the beehives through a cost-sharing agreement in which farmers pay back about 25% of the cost of the hive. HCA's honey collection and payment process, which involves cash on-the-spot payment when produce is collected, facilitates loan repayment when a percentage of HCA's payment to the farmer is automatically deducted and reserved for loan repayment to the initial donor. Through extensive research, training programs, on-going technical assistance, and production and processing guidelines, HCA ensures that the highest quality produce is sold to the market; this is also ensured by its Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points certification. To date, HCA has set up more than 20,000 hives of which more than 45% are women-owned. Honeycare Africa has remained financially viable, enabling the company to expand its operations into Tanzania and Uganda. The company been recognized through multiple awards including the World Bank's International Development and Marketplace Innovation Awards and the Schwab Foundation's World?s Top 100 Outstanding Social Entrepreneur's Award. Contact Info: Head Office: P.O. Box 24487-00502 Jamhuri Park, Muringa Ave, Nairobi, Kenya; Tel/Fax: +254203874448/50; Mob: +254735574448/723574448; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; Website: www.honeycareafrica.com.