Sarah is a 24-year-old single woman with no children. She earns her income selling crops and working at the local farmer's cooperative. She grows coffee, maize, beans and tomatoes. She also has chickens and sheep.
Sarah looks forward to becoming a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW). As a CKW she will use her business-in-a-box (smartphone and solar charger) to disseminate vital agricultural information to the other members of her village and help them to improve their crop yield and increase their incomes.
With the additional money she will earn as a CKW, Sarah will expand her garden and raise pigs. Her biggest dream in life is to have a well-established farm with good crops and animals.
More information about this loan
This loan is part of Grameen Foundation's AppLab program and Community Knowledge Worker initiative, providing borrowers with mobile phones, solar chargers and other equipment to become knowledge centers for their smallholder farming communities.
With these tools, community knowledge workers can help their neighbors access information and advice to improve their crop yields, connect with markets and generate more income. They can also conduct mobile surveys to help local organizations better meet farmers' needs. Community knowledge workers make monthly salaries based on the number of surveys they collect, enabling them to repay Grameen for the equipment.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit