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.

Joseph's story

Joseph is 33 years old and is married, with two children. He earns his income from the sale of crops and livestock and also earns a monthly wage as a Community Knowledge worker (CKW). On his land Joseph grows coffee, maize, bananas, cassava, and beans. He also has chicken and goats.

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. After serving as a CKW for the last two years, Joseph 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 share with the village vital agricultural information, help them improve crop yields, and consequently, enhance their incomes.

With the additional money he will earn as a CKW, Joseph will increase be able to save working capital to start up a retail shop in his community. His biggest dream in life is to become an international business man.

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