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

Hadijah's story

Hadijah is 40 years old and a widow with 6 children. She earns income mainly from the sale of crops, a monthly compensation as a Community Knowledge worker (CKW), and operating a small retail shop. 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 her land, Hadijah grows pumpkin, maize, and beans, and she rears chickens. After two years of service as a CKW in her village, Hadijah 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 solution, and weighing scale) to disseminate actionable information to farmers of her village, helping them improve their crop yields.

With the additional money she will earn as a CKW, Hadijah will be able to expand her farming activities, earn more, and pay school fees for her children. Her dream is to become a model farmer in her district.

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