Nelly is 31 years old, single with one child. She earns her income through the sale of crops and runs a small retail shop in her community. She grows coffee, bananas, maize, and cassava. She also has chickens and goats.
Nelly looks forward to becoming a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). As a CKW she will use the materials in her business-in-a-box (smartphone and solar charging set) to disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of her village, helping them to improve their crop yields and increase their incomes.
With the additional money she will earn as a CKW, Nelly will buy her own land and establish a vegetable garden. Her biggest dream in life is to become a political leader in her 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