Simon is 42 years old and is married with seven children. He is a farmer who earns an income from growing coffee, maize, bananas, cassava, and beans. He also raises chicken and goats. Simon earns a monthly wage as a Community Knowledge worker (CKW). CKWs are trusted community members who provide agricultural data and advice to rural farmers in their local area. This data includes information about the weather, market prices, crop diseases, and agricultural tools. Simon has served as a CKW for the last two years and he looks forward to renewing his contract for the next three years.
Simon is requesting a loan to buy a smartphone, solar charging set and scale to provide vital farming information to his community. His loan will help his work as a CKW and allow him to disseminate agricultural information to members of he village to help them improve their crop yields and increase their incomes. With the profit from his loan, Simon hopes to start raising poultry to earn more income so he will be able to afford an education for his children through university.
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