Martin is 46 years old, and married with 7 children. He earns his income through selling crops and as a local leader in his community. He grows coffee, maize, bananas and cassava. He also has cows, goats and chickens.
Martin looks forward to becoming a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). As a CKW he will use the materials in his business-in-a-box (smartphone and solar charging set) to disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of his village, helping them to improve their crop yields and increase their incomes.
With the additional money he will earn as a CKW, Martin will pay the school fees for his children. His biggest dream in life is to educate all his children to attain higher education qualifications.
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