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Charles
Charles is 38 years old, married, and has five children. He earns his income through the sale of crops and livestock and from monthly compensation as a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). Community Knowledge Workers are trusted community members, who provide agricultural data and advice to rural farmers in their local area including information about the weather, market prices, crop diseases, and agricultural tools.

On his land, Charles grows maize, beans, and cassava. He also raises chickens, cattle, and goats. Having served as a CKW for the last two years, Charles 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 disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of his village, helping them to improve their crop yields and increase their incomes. With the additional money he will earn as a CKW, Charles will use it to expand his small business. His biggest dream is to build a big commercial house so as to earn extra income.

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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

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  • $1,500
    Average annual income
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  • $29,677,925
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,554.9
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $275 helped Charles to purchase a mobile phone, solar charging set, and weighing scale.
51% repaid
Repayment Term
35 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Pre-Disbursed:
Oct 1, 2013
Listed
Oct 11, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible