Nelson is 36 years old and married with four children. He earns his income through the sale of agricultural produce and monthly compensation as a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). He grows beans, cassava and coffee. He also has goats and chickens. Nelson has served as a CKW for the last two years, and he looks forward to renewing his CKW contract for the next three years. As a CKW, he will use the materials in his business-in-a-box (smartphone, solar charging set and weighing scale) to share agricultural information with fellow farmers in his village, helping them to double their crop yields. With the additional money that he will earn as a CKW, Nelson will improve his farming activities, and he looks forward to becoming a progressive farmer in his community.
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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