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Though mobile financial services offer microfinance institutions an important new channel to serve clients, their staff remain their most valuable asset. This is an important consideration for institutions as transitioning to mobile-based services will require all of their departments to navigate change.

MazaoPlus Loan: A Unique Innovation for Small-Scale Dairy Farmers in Kenya

March 16, 2015

By Caroline Mwende

Dorcas Wanjiru

Dorcas Wanjiru is a small-scale farmer from Banana, an area in central Kenya that is rich in agricultural production. When we arrive at her home, she is in the farm but quickly comes over and gladly welcomes us into her home.

It is a small piece of land; less than an acre. She lives here with her husband and four children and also carries out her farming activities here.

Lessons Learned, 2009-2014: Community Knowledge Worker Uganda Program

Smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia and Latin America face many challenges, including little or no access to quality inputs (e.g., seeds and fertilizer), insufficient information about farming "best practices", market prices and weather and limited access to markets and few financial resources. This makes it extremely difficult to increase t

Charles

Charles, a father of four, was selected by his peers to become one of Grameen Foundation’s Community Knowledge Workers (CKWs) in 2010. With the smartphone and training provided by Grameen Foundation, he has improved his coffee harvest. He’s also added bananas, cabbage, goats and pigs to his farm.

As a CKW, Charles helps his neighbors by sharing farming information that he accesses on his smartphone. He has connected hundreds of other farmers to vital farming advice.

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