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

Joan's story

Joan is 25 years old and single with no children. She earns her income through the sale of crops and monthly compensation as a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). Community Knowledge Workers are trusted community members, who provide agricultural data and advice to the rural farmers in their local area, including information about the weather, market prices, crop diseases and agricultural tools.

On her land, Joan grows beans, maize, cassava and sorghum. She also has pigs. Having served as a CKW for the last two years, Joan looks forward to renewing her CKW contract for the next three years. As a CKW, she will use the materials in her business-in-a-box (smartphone, solar charging set, and weighing scale) to disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of her village, helping them improve their crop yields and increase their incomes.

With the additional money she will earn as a CKW, Joan plans to open up a clothing boutique in her community. Her biggest dream in life is to build a good permanent house in her community.

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