A loan of $275 helped to purchase a mobile phone, solar charging set and a weighing scale.

Sebastian's story

Sebastian is 58 years old and is married with seven 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. On his land, Sebastian grows maize, beans, coffee, cassava, Irish potatoes, vegetables, ground nuts and bananas. He also has pigs, goats and chickens.

Sebastian 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, Sebastian will be able to build a better house for his family and meet school requirements for his children. His biggest dream in life is to become a model and self-reliant farmer, helping his community adopt good agricultural practices.

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