A loan of $275 helped to buy a smartphone, solar charging set and scale to provide vital farming information to his community.


Simon's story

Simon is 42 years old and is married with seven children. He is a farmer who earns an income from growing coffee, maize, bananas, cassava, and beans. He also raises chicken and goats. Simon earns a monthly wage as a Community Knowledge worker (CKW). CKWs are trusted community members who provide agricultural data and advice to rural farmers in their local area. This data includes information about the weather, market prices, crop diseases, and agricultural tools. Simon has served as a CKW for the last two years and he looks forward to renewing his contract for the next three years. Simon is requesting a loan to buy a smartphone, solar charging set and scale to provide vital farming information to his community. His loan will help his work as a CKW and allow him to disseminate agricultural information to members of he village to help them improve their crop yields and increase their incomes. With the profit from his loan, Simon hopes to start raising poultry to earn more income so he will be able to afford an education for his children through university.



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