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At Grameen Foundation, our goal is to spur innovation in the global movement to eliminate extreme poverty. Part of that work is to develop better solutions and share them with people like you.

On GF Insights, we share lessons learned from our leaders in the field, news about efforts to expand access to financial and information services for the poor, and how poverty-focused organizations are using data to improve the way they work.

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10/26/2010 by

Julius Matovu and Olga Morawczynski work on Grameen Foundation's financial literacy initiative in Uganda.

Muhereza holds bag filled with money shredded by rats


Muhereza Kabaramagi lives in Katooke village, Kyenjojo district in Western Uganda; where she is a second-hand-clothes trader in the weekly mobile markets that take place around Kyenjojo district. She has been doing this work for the last 15 years.

10/23/2010 by

This is part two of of a two part blog series. If you haven't yet, we recommend you read Part One of his blog post series. In part 2, Jason Hahn describes his day with Esther, a kind-hearted Community Knowledge Worker (CKW), as she asks farmers to register for the CKW program, where they will be able to use smartphones to access CKW Search to access information about the current market prices for crops as well as ask questions about best farming practices.

After setting up my tent in her well-kept yard, I headed out with Esther on her afternoon round to register farmers for the Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) program. Registering farmers allows us to track how frequently they use our services and see if they change their farming practices based on the information we provide. Part of the registration also involves conducting a baseline poverty survey. We can use the baseline data to see whether or not farmers we are working with are moving out of poverty.

 

10/21/2010 by

Jason Hahn describes his initial impressions of Uganda upon his return to the United States. Jason is the Information and Communication Technology Innovation (ICTI) Development Manager at Grameen Foundation. The ICTI team develops, tests and advances mobile phone products and services in Uganda, Indonesia, and Ghana to improve health care, farming, banking, and more. This is the first part of a two-part blog series on "A Day in the Life of a Community Knowledge Worker”

On the Way to Kapchorwa

10/19/2010 by

Jason Hahn is the Information and Communication Technology Innovation (ICTI) Development Manager at Grameen Foundation.

Grameen Foundation’s Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) program, based in Uganda, is dedicated to bringing life-changing information to farmers. Through a network of CKWs empowered with mobile-phone technology, we provide tips to farmers on preventing crop disease, raising livestock, and getting the best prices for their goods.

 

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10/15/2010 by

Sean DeWitt is a Technical Program Manager for  Grameen Foundation's Village Phone initiative to empower Indonesian communities through technology. On Friday, October 29 at 12pm ET, Sean will be hosting a webinar detailing our Village Phone work in Indonesia. Register Now!

For millions of people living on less than $2 a day, affordable and reliable access to phone services rarely exists.  In these rural communities, people are often forced to travel great distances to make a phone call.

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