Wilson is 33 years old and is married with five children. His income comes from the sale of crops and livestock and he earns a monthly wage 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 areas including information about the weather, market prices, crop diseases and agricultural tools.
On his land Wilson grows coffee, maize, bananas, cassava and beans. He also has chickens and goats. After serving as a CKW for the last two years, Wilson 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 with the village vital agricultural information about better farming methods that will help improve crop yields.
With the additional income he will earn as a CKW, Wilson will increase the size of his farm acreage. His biggest dream in life is to go back to university and pursue an agriculture-related course that will build his capacity to improve his farming and serve the 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