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


Lydia's story

Lydia is 28 years old and is married with two children. She earns her income through the sale of crops and livestock, as well as 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. On her land Lydia grows maize, beans, cassava, passion fruit, vegetables, bananas, peas and coffee. She also has cows, goats, sheep and chickens. Lydia has served as a CKW for the last two years and she 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 (a smartphone, a solar charging set, and a weighing scale) to disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of her village, helping them to improve their crop yields and increase their incomes. With the additional money she will earn as a CKW, Lydia will pay school fees for her children and save some money for future emergencies. Her biggest dream is to be a successful coffee farmer.



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