Honey Hunting in Kenya. Documentary Short

Marigat is a small but fast-growing city in Baringo County, Kenya. Situated 20 kilometers away are the county’s main lakes, Baringo and Bogoria, which means that once a small town, Marigat has now become a crossroads for visitors, tourists and locals alike.

From vegetables to fruits, goat's milk to honey, the Marigat Market has a lot to offer, but unlike shops in Western Europe, the food sold here usually has a local story. Bananas were harvested from a nearby tree today, melons were removed from the beds just a few hours ago, and honey was picked from a hive just the night before. But next to these stories exists a reality that isn't so straightforward, a reality of the people who are selling food.

Agnes "Shosh" Cheptepkeny has been selling honey at this market for many years. And although she can get around 80 euros for one bucket, she can't turn her ideas to expand the business because she is a woman. The local beliefs of the tugen tribe to which Agnes belongs would prevent her from pursuing this on her own because women aren't allowed to harvest the beehives.

Philip Kipyertor, meanwhile, removes honey from hives at night. He says this activity is in his blood because it's what his parents did. Philip seems to uphold traditions and cares about their continuity. He says he will teach his sons to work on beehives too.

This video is part of a broader photostory. You can see it here.

The stories of Agnes and Philip were filmed in 2016. This is the first time this video story has been published online.