Charles is 43 years old. He earns his income through farming. He grows many crops, including passion fruit, potatoes, sunflowers, sweet potatoes, cabbage, onions, eggplant, avocado, mango, oranges, maize, beans, coffee, cassava and pumpkins. He also has cows and pigs.
Charles looks forward to becoming a community knowledge worker (CKW). 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, helping them to improve their crop yields and to increase their incomes.
With the additional income that Charles earns as a CKW, he will buy supplies to improve his pig stable. He dreams of being a model farmer for 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