A loan of $275 helped to purchase a mobile phone, solar charging set and weighing scale so that he may provide vital farming information to his community.


Paul's story

Paul is 44 years old, and married with six children. He earns his income through the sale of crops, and he receives monthly compensation for his work 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 Paul grows maize, cassava and sunflower. He also has sheep, pigs and turkeys.

Paul 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, helping them to improve their crop yields and increase their incomes.

With the additional money he will earn as a CKW, Paul will buy farm inputs and expand on his farming enterprise. His biggest dream in life is to become rich and self-sustaining.



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