Moses is 40 years old and married with seven children. He earns his income through the sale of crops and a small wage as a local community volunteer. He grows maize, coffee, beans, Irish potatoes and bananas. He also has cows, goats and chickens.
Moses looks forward to becoming a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) supervisor. As a CKW supervisor, he will use the materials in his business-in-a-box (smartphone and solar charging set) to support other CKWs in disseminating vital agricultural information to the other members of their villages, helping them to improve their crop yields and increase their incomes. He will also personally offer CKW services to farmers.
With the additional money that he will earn as a CKW, Moses will expand his farm and pay school fees for his children. His biggest dream in life is to become a model farmer supporting other small-holder farmers in his community.
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