Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative

by Grameen Foundation
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Kissa, a 34 year old mother of four and farmer, works hard to provide the best for her children. She wants each of them to, “Get a good job—like doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher and all go to college.” With the money she has made selling bananas and maize, so far, she has sent them all to school and has high hopes for their futures.

While her husband sells clothes, Kissa works to maintain the farm. When an animal is sick or she finds disease on crops the two of them and her CKW, Charles Chebet, work together to find a solution. The coffee plants used to be plagued by diseases on the berries, but since Kissa began using Actara (a chemical to protect berries from disease) she no longer has to worry.

With Charles’ help and knowledge Kissa has learned how to manage her coffee plants including, weeding, mulching, and she now uses using local manure from her goats and hens to fertilize her crops. This change has increased her coffee production immensely, she now grows six bags where she had previously grown two!

She has been working with Charles for three years and seen her operation grow, now she is able to employ 2-4 other members of her community.

 Your help and support has given Kissa the opportunity to work with a CKW expanding her farming operation and sending her children to school.

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Beatrice
Beatrice's farm is more successful because of you!

As a mother of six, Beatrice cares very much about the well being of her children. For Beatrice this means providing them with basic daily needs and an education. Three of her children have gone to university and she wants this to be possible for all six. 

Before becoming a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW), Beatrice and her neighbors would farm their crops and sell them to a middle man who severely underpaid them.

Once Beatrice became a CKW, all of this began to change. With her knowledge she and her community learned the best times to plant their crops, and they were finally able to farm enough to stop losing money. 

The community began producing better crops in larger quantities. They also learned that they would be able to make more money if they combined all of their crops and sold them in bulk. A group of ten farmers decided to sell all of their crops together for larger profits by cutting out the middle man. 

With her new knowledge, Beatrice and her community began making more money than ever before. Her community is now forming groups to combine their goods together for sale, and they are very happy. They love the knowledge that they are learning from the CKW’s and want the program to continue so that they are able to learn more and provide more for their families. 

With her increased income, Beatrice is now going to be able to send all six of her children to university. Once she has paid for all of their schooling, she hopes to help fund construction to build a well for fresh water in her community. 

Because of your compassionate support, many people in Beatrice’s community are now lifting themselves out of poverty.

Thanks to your generosity, we have accomplished the following:

• More than 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 more than 286,000 total farmers helped.

• Our CKW program has reached a total of 21,800 villages!

 

Thank you for helping so many poor women like Beatrice! Without your compassionate generosity, this amazing work would not be possible.

Thank you for helping Beatrice and her 6 children!
Thank you for helping Beatrice and her 6 children!

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Esther
Esther's Farm now produces twice as much milk!

Thank you so much for your support! We truly appreciate the compassion and generosity you show. With your help, more farmers like Esther are continuing to improve the lives of their families and their communities.


As a mother of four, Esther always put her children’s needs before hers. Growing up in the Kapchorwa village in eastern Uganda, it was difficult for her to deal with constant hunger and the hardships that came with it. Watching her family go through similar struggles made her want to change things for good. Even when she found work, she was not able to live comfortably. Thanks to you, Esther’s life has changed for good. She is now a Grameen Foundation Community Knowledge Worker (CKW), a volunteer teacher, a farmer, a seamstress and a domestic violence counselor. She is not just able to make her family’s life better and pay for her son’s education, but also impact the lives of women around by helping them improve their farms.


Now, her farm is doing much better and the produce from it helps her save up. As a CKW, she learned the best way to care for her cow through accessing farming information on her mobile phone. The milk production has doubled, which allows her to sell some at the market and keep some for her family.


Esther’s dream is to send her children to university and the money she earns from her banana and coffee plantation is keeping her hopes up. Her new knowledge goes beyond making her personal farm better. She has been serving her community for four years now as a CKW, and has helped hundreds of her neighbors grow better crops, stop diseases in their animals, and earn more money. By supporting Esther, you have not just helped one woman, but an entire community! Hundreds of people in her village are now better able to send their children to bed at night with food in their stomachs


Esther feels empowered after becoming a Community Knowledge Worker. She has seen herself get more respect from all the members of her community who now seek her advice and counseling. She loves how she has improved her own skills and impacted the lives of others positively.

Thanks to your generosity, we have accomplished the following:


• 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 more than 276,000 total farmers helped.
• Our CKW program has reached a total of 21,800 villages!


Thank you for helping poor women like Esther improve her life and help others in her community. This work couldn't happen without you!

Esther with two of her children
Esther with two of her children
Esther and one of her cows
Esther and one of her cows

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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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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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Grameen Foundation

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.grameenfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Micaela Pierce
Washington, DC United States
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