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Sebastian
Sebastian is 58 years old and is married with seven children. He earns his income through the sale of crops and livestock, and he receives 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 area including information about the weather, market prices, crop diseases and agricultural tools. On his land, Sebastian grows maize, beans, coffee, cassava, Irish potatoes, vegetables, ground nuts and bananas. He also has pigs, goats and chickens.

Sebastian 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 disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of his village, which will help them to improve their crop yields and increase their incomes. With the additional money he will earn as a CKW, Sebastian will be able to build a better house for his family and meet school requirements for his children. His biggest dream in life is to become a model and self-reliant farmer, helping his community adopt good agricultural practices.

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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

About Uganda

  • $1,500
    Average annual income
  • 297
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    Uganda Loans Fundraising
  • $29,599,275
    Funds lent in using Kiva
  • 2,500.0
    Uganda Shillings (UGX) = $1 USD
Paying Back - Currency Exchange Loss

This loan has been fully funded!

A loan of $275 helped Sebastian to purchase a mobile phone, solar charging set and a weighing scale.
38% repaid
Repayment Term
36 months (Additional Information)
Repayment Schedule
Monthly
Disbursed:
Jan 12, 2014
Listed
Dec 30, 2013
Currency Exchange Loss:
Possible