Paul is 25 years old. He earns his income through the sale of crops and livestock. He grows maize, beans, coffee, and cassava. He also has chickens and pigs.
Paul looks forward to becoming a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). As a CKW he will use the materials in his business-in-a-box (smartphone, solar charging set, and scale) to disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of his village, helping them to improve their crop yields and to increase their incomes. He especially looks forward to being able to provide his community with information about the weather as well as give them tips about innovative farming practices.
With the additional money that he will earn as a CKW, Paul would like to buy land where he will build a house. He dreams of finding a wife, getting married, and having children. He hopes that he will be able to educate his children and give them a good life.
More information about this loan
This loan is part of Grameen Foundation's AppLab program and Community Knowledge Worker initiative, providing borrowers with mobile phones, solar chargers and other equipment to become knowledge centers for their smallholder farming communities.
With these tools, community knowledge workers can help their neighbors access information and advice to improve their crop yields, connect with markets and generate more income. They can also conduct mobile surveys to help local organizations better meet farmers' needs. Community knowledge workers make monthly salaries based on the number of surveys they collect, enabling them to repay Grameen for the equipment.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit