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.


Constantine's story

Constantine is 52 years old and married with 9 children. He earns his income through the sale of crops and livestock and he receives a monthly wage 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. Constantine also has a transportation business. On his land Constantine grows maize, beans, coffee, peanuts, bananas, and cassava. He also has chickens, goats and pigs. Constantine 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, which will help them to improve their crop yields and increase their incomes. With the additional money he will earn as a CKW, Constantine will buy a tractor to plough his land. His biggest dream in life is to improve the lives of the farmers in his community.



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