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:
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?
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:
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.
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:
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!
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:
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!
Thanks to your generous support, we’re continuing to see great progress with our Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative in Uganda. More smallholder farmers know that they can rely on their local CKW to find the information they need to better treat their crops and care for their animals, which helps poor farmers increase their incomes and better provide for themselves and their families.
With your help, since July our CKWs have:
In addition, since it opened in last year, the agricultural experts at our Farmer Call Center have fielded more than 1,300 calls from CKWs and other farmers who have more complex problems that cannot be resolved through searching our CKW database on the mobile phone.
CKWs are poor farmers too, and sometimes the information they are able to access helps them solve problems for themselves as well. Shamira Chebet, a CKW from the Kapchorwa region of Uganda, recently called the Farmer Call Center with a problem about her banana plants. These plants had brought her more than $450 in income the year before; Shamira also uses them to feed her family and had used the leaves and scraps from the plants to feed her cows and goats.
Needless to say, when her plants started to yellow and wither, she was very concerned. The Call Center expert told her to apply manure to the base of the banana plants, since they were showing signs of magnesium and potassium deficiency. Shamira quickly applied manure to some of the plants to make sure it would work, and found that the plants she had treated were soon greener and healthier than those left untreated. She now treats all her banana plants with manure, and tells her neighbors whom she helps as a CKW – many of whom are also banana farmers – to use this solution when they’re facing the same problem.
We’ve come so far thanks to your help. Thank you for your compassion and generosity!
There are more farmers and CKWs like Shamira who need your help, so that they can continue to earn income and provide for their families. We are so close to our goal – won’t you contribute whatever you can today, and ask your friends and family on your social networks to do the same?
Thank you again for your life-changing support!
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