Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative

 
$9,750
$5,250
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Oct 21, 2014

Thanks to You, Justine's Cows Are Healthier!

Thank you so much for your support! We are very thankful for the kindness and generosity you show. With your help, Grameen Foundation is continuing to improve the lives of farmers like Justine in Uganda with our Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) Project.

The youngest of nine children to a poor Ugandan farmer, Justine grew up understanding the value of knowledge and hard work. She watched her family struggle to get by and envisioned a better life – Justine wanted to excel and make a difference. While her father struggled to make ends meet, her mother knew the importance of education and supported her daughter through school. Justine was the first of her family to go to college, where she earned her teaching degree.

Soon a wife and mother of four, Justine faced the same hardships. Her husband taught at a local school and she tended their small farm and raised their young children. She made little income on her patches of coffee, bananas, and beans and her animals were often sick – the cows produced little milk and once a pregnant goat delivered kids that all died from disease.

Justine, however, was still driven by her dream of success and independence. Her cousin told her about Grameen Foundation’s Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) project and soon she was nominated by her community. Now with her smartphone and CKW training, Justine finally had access to the knowledge that would help her support her family. She could produce more crops and keep her animals healthy. Her cows, which used to produce 3 liters of milk each week, now produce 10 liters –more than 3 times as much milk!

As a CKW, Justine also serves her community. She visits 10 neighboring farmers every week to answer their questions about when to plant and harvest, how to keep their animals healthy, and what the best market prices are. Justine is a well-respected member of her village and loves that she can improved her own skills and better the lives of others. As she says, “Knowledge will help you all the days of your life.”

Thanks to your generosity, we have accomplished the following:

  • Our CKWs have had more than 2.1 million interactions with farmers!
  • Nearly 1,300 CKWs are currently helping farmers by providing tips on how best to care for their crops and livestock – which they depend on for both their food and their income.
  • We’ve now reached 257,000 total farmers helped.
  • Our CKW program has reached a total of 21,800 villages!

Thank you for helping Grameen Foundation truly make a difference where it matters most, engaging respected community members to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. We couldn't do our work without you!

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Jun 17, 2014

You've Helped Mary Lift Her Family Out of Poverty

Mary is proud to be a CKW helping farmers
Mary is proud to be a CKW helping farmers

Thank you so much for your support! We are very thankful for the kindness and generosity you show. With your help, Grameen Foundation is continuing to improve the lives of farmers in Uganda with our Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) Project.

Your donations to Grameen Foundation have helped people like Mary and her family of five who live in rural northern Uganda. Despite struggling at times, Mary has always been an honorable and respected member of her community. In 2008, she was nominated by her peers to become a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) for Grameen Foundation.

Since then, Mary has been trained and equipped with a special smartphone containing a searchable database with agricultural, seasonal, and livestock information. Now Mary visits 6-7 farmers a week to answer their questions about when to plant, how to get the best price for their crop and when to harvest. With the income she makes as a CKW, she has been able to bring her family above the poverty line, as well as help combat poverty in Uganda.

Mary has also seen a change in the roles of female farmers in Uganda, and has been proud to watch her role result in more respects for the women in households. With women playing a bigger role in decision-making, and the information Mary provides, families are able to send their children to school, put food on the table, and save farms from disappearing.

Thanks to your generosity, we have accomplished the following:

  • Our CKWs have had more than 2 million interactions with farmers!
  • Nearly 1,300 CKWs are currently helping farmers by providing tips on how best to care for their crops and livestock – which they depend on for both their food and their income.
  • We’ve now reached 254,000 total farmers helped.
  • Our CKW program has reached a total of 21,800 villages!

Thank you for helping Grameen Foundation truly make a difference where it matters most, engaging respected community members to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. We couldn’t do our work without you!

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Feb 11, 2014

Thank You For Helping John Transform His Farm!

John at his farm, mobile phone in hand.
John at his farm, mobile phone in hand.

Thank you so much for your support! We are very thankful for the kindness and generosity you show. With your help, Grameen Foundation is reaching out and improving the lives of farmers in Uganda with our Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) Project.

Thanks to your generosity, we have accomplished the following:

  • Our CKWs have had more than 1.9 million interactions with farmers!
  • More than 1,300 CKWs are currently helping farmers by providingtips on how best to care for their crops and livestock – which they depend on for both their food and their income. We’ve now reached 249,000 total farmers helped.
  • Our CKW program has reached a total of 21,000 villages, 5,000 more villages reached than this time last year.

Your donations to Grameen Foundation have helped people like John, a farmer and CKW in Uganda. John, a father of five, was selected as a leader from within his community to serve as a CKW. Using the mobile technology and training provided by Grameen Foundation, John was able to completely transform his crops and become an expert farmer trained to provide helpful farming advice for his village. John learned better spacing techniques and also how to use the right kind of fertilizer for his crops. With these changes and more, John was able to earn TEN TIMES more from his farm! Because of hard work and donors like you, John, his family, and his farmer neighbors are on their way to a brighter future.

Once again, THANK YOU! Because of the changes you help to make possible, farmers such as John have to opportunity to reach their potential and to create productive livelihoods for themselves and their families.

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Nov 5, 2013

Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) Progress Report

Angel, a cacao farmer in Colombia
Angel, a cacao farmer in Colombia

We’re so thankful for all the support that helped us achieve our previous fundraising goal for our Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) project. We’re excited to announce that we’ve increased our goal to in order to reach even more farmers!

With our CKW project, farmers are getting the information they need to improve their livelihoods and provide for their families. Our CKWs and the farmers they serve are sharing the information they learn with others – instilling lasting knowledge and positive change across entire villages.

So far, we have achieved the following thanks to your generosity:

  • Our CKWs have had more than 1.88 million interactions with farmers!
  • More than 1,200 CKWs are currently helping farmers by providing tips on how best to care for their crops and livestock – which they depend on for both their food and their income. We’ve now reached 212,000 total farmers helped.
  • Our CKW program has reached a total of 20,000 villages, 5,000 more villages reached than this time last year.

The information that CKWs learn and impart is essential to the success of local farmers. Angel, a cacao farmer in Colombia, used to struggle with pests, flooding, and other dangers to his crop. Then, he connected with a Grameen Foundation CKW who used a mobile phone to search for information about crop management, market prices, and fair trade certification. Angel consulted regularly with his CKW and learned to grow better crops. Now, Angel is a member of the Asocati agricultural cooperative and is on track to becoming certified by Fairtrade International! He has also started selling chickens and eggs to make more money.

Thank you once again for your compassion and generosity. You are helping poor farmers get the information they need to manage their crops and lift themselves out of poverty. Won’t you consider making another donation today so that we can help even more farmers?

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Jun 28, 2013

Community Knowledge Worker - Final Progress Report

"I like my work and the farmers that I
"I like my work and the farmers that I'm helping."

WE DID IT! Thanks to your support, we have reached our fundraising goal for our Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) project. We are so grateful for your enthusiasm and generosity in helping poor farmers help themselves through access to information that can improve and increase their crops and livestock.

Together, we’ve reached the following milestones:

  • Our network of 1,200 CKWs has helped 17,000 more farmers since March 2013. We’ve now reached more than 185,000 farmers since the start of our project.
  • Our CKWs have helped farmers learn how best to treat their crops and livestock in 1,300 more villages – for a total of more than 19,000 villages reached since we began our initiative.
  • Our CKWs have had more than 200,000 interactions with farmers over the past three months – for a total of 1.8 million interactions.

Your donations to Grameen Foundation have helped Ugandans like Charles Chebet, a farmer and CKW in northern Uganda. A father of four, Charles has improved his coffee harvest thanks to the smartphone and training provided by Grameen Foundation. He has even added bananas, cabbage, and vegetable crops to his farm, as well as goats and pigs.

As a CKW, Charles has connected hundreds of other farmers to advice, technical assistance, and equipment loans. When a disease was affecting area banana crops, Charles used the information from his phone to create a simple mixture that saved his farmer neighbors’ banana crops from ruin.

Charles is proud to serve his community and hopes to do even more to improve farming in his area. As he says, “I am supposed to visit more than 100 farmers every month, but I always [visit] more. I have bought some equipment, which helps me have a bigger harvest and teach other farmers about these practices. We want to help farmers get better fertilizers, seeds, and tools. Maybe a shop can open here that sells those things. Maybe I can do that in the future.”

Once again, THANK YOU for providing vital information that helps smallholder farmers lead more productive livelihoods. With your help, you have connected some of Uganda’s poorest people to their potential and enabled them to have even brighter plans for the future. 

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Darwin Cruz

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