Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative

 
$9,025
$5,975
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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. 

Mar 29, 2013

Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) Progress Report

Shamira is now a successful CKW and banana farmer
Shamira is now a successful CKW and banana farmer

You are helping to bring grassroots change across Uganda – thank you so much for your support! With your help, more farmers are getting the information they need to improve their livelihoods and provide for their families. And best of all, our CKWs and the farmers they serve are sharing the information they learn with others – instilling lasting knowledge and positive change in villages across the country.

In the past three months, we have achieved the following thanks to your help:

  • Our network of 1,000 CKWs has helped 29,000 more farmers with 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 168,000 farmers since the start of our project.
  • Our CKWs have reached farmers in 2,750 more villages since December 2012for a total of 17,750 villages reached since the beginning of our initiative.
  • Since the start of the project, our CKWs have had more than 1.6 million interactions with farmers!

Most CKWs are farmers as well, and more than 60% are very poor when they start their job as a CKW. The information that CKWs learn and impart is also useful for the CKWs themselves. Shamira was once a struggling banana farmer in eastern Uganda. Then she became a Grameen Foundation CKW – learning how to use a mobile phone to search for agricultural tips, weather forecasts, and farming techniques. Not only did she help her neighbors with their farming problems, she also realized that she had been using out-of-date techniques for managing her own banana crop. Once she implemented the new techniques she had learned as a CKW, her bananas increased in size – so much so that she could sell them for $13 per bunch as compared to $2 before! She is using her increased income to pay for school fees for her four children.

Thank you once again for your compassion and generosity. You are helping poor farmers throughout Uganda get the information they need to live productive lives and reach their full potential. Won’t you consider making another donation today so that we can reach our fundraising goal? We’re so close! 

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Dec 31, 2012

Community Knowledge Worker - Progress Report

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We've helped farmers in 15,000 Ugandan villages

Greetings from Grameen Foundation! We are so grateful for your generous support and the change that you are bringing to villages across Uganda. Together we are empowering trusted local leaders – Community Knowledge Workers – to help their farmer neighbors and themselves through access to information on how to better care for their animals and livestock.

We are pleased to share our most recent successes with you from the past three months:

  • Almost 1,000 Community Knowledge Workers (CKWs) have helped more than 64,000 farmers, for a total of 139,000 farmers reached since the beginning of our project
  • Our CKWs have had more than one million interactions with their farmer neighbors, helping them with problems ranging from how to treat a diseased plant to where to get the best price for crops
  • One in three farmers has consulted their CKW more than once
  • Our CKWs have reached more than 15,000 villages!

Our CKWs go the extra mile – literally – to help their farmer neighbors. Recently, one of our CKWs rode her bicycle more than seven miles to purchase medicine for her neighbor, whose had lost all but one goat to disease. She was able to administer the drug in time to save the remaining goat, whom the farmer named “Survivor.” The farmer was so grateful that he gave the CKW one of his chickens!

Your support makes our work possible – thank you again for your generosity. Won’t you start the new year by donating whatever you can to help more poor farmers help themselves?

Best wishes for a wonderful 2013!

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Darwin Cruz

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