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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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10/21/2010 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.

10/08/2010 by

Ishita Ghosh is  Research Lead on Grameen Foundation's  Financial Literacy Project.

09/22/2010 by

Katy McElligott is a Regional Development Officer at Grameen Foundation and is currently traveling in Haiti to visit our partners at Fonkoze.

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Haiti is a fascinating place. My first impressions just scratch the surface of a very complicated country with a very complicated history. I knew very little about it until the day I arrived and am soaking up as much as I can, so I can understand the context in which most of Haiti's citizens and microfinance clients survive. I can honestly say, the majority of Haiti's citizens seem to be proud, resilient survivors.

I am on this trip as a Grameen Foundation employee looking to better understand the work of our long-time partner Fonkoze. After the outpouring of support for Haiti after last January’s earthquake, I wanted to bring donors to the field to see how their, and others’, money was being invested. After a few days of observing Fonkoze's work on the ground, I am so proud that we are partnering with them. Here are a few examples of what I've seen and learned.

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Two days ago we accompanied the staff of the Chemen Lavi Miyo (“the road to a better life”) program, which focuses on reaching the poorest, to client houses. There, we met women who had just joined the program. Most had little or no assets, and were single mothers. We had to take a bumpy ride on the bed of a pick-up truck to get out to their village, but once we were there we received warm welcomes. These women have a long way to climb to get themselves out of poverty, but Fonkoze is helping provide the opportunity for them to do so and the women clearly feel empowered to try. I look forward to tracking their progress and their increased ability to care for their new assets, which include goats, chickens, and pigs.

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