Thadeus is 32 years old. He is married with seven children. He and his wife earn their income through the sale of crops and livestock. They grow maize, beans and cassava. They also have cows and chickens.
Thadeus wants to become a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). As a CKW he will use the tools in his business-in-a-box (smartphone, solar charging set and weighing scales) to disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of his village, helping them to improve their crop yields and to increase their incomes.
With the additional money that he will earn as a CKW, Thadeus will save to buy more dairy cows to increase his family's income. He dreams of seeing all of his children receive a university education. He would like to be a model farmer for his community.
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