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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 their level of


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.


Mariatu, who lives in a small village in Ghana, registered for Grameen Foundation’s Mobile Midwife service at the start of her third pregnancy. Mobile Midwife sends poor pregnant women and new mothers vital care information via mobile phone to help them have healthier pregnancies and better care for their babies during the first year of life.


As a teenage mother, Esther was forced to drop out of school and had limited options for supporting her new family. She became a cattle farmer and sold milk by the roadside, but struggled to provide for her family.

As Esther's family grew, so did their hardships. She and her husband had four children. Tragically, they lost one son to cancer when he was just two years old.

Marie Stopes International Case Study

This case study outlines how Marie Stopes International (MSI), a global family planning organisation, uses the PPI to assess the poverty status of its clients. As MSI is the first known healthcare service delivery organisation using the PPI, GF sees MSI as a model in highlighting the successes, challenges and opportunities associated with PPI use within healthcare organisations.

MOTECH Lessons Learned

This document explains our MOTECH project in Ghana and highlights key lessons learned by the project team as the system was being designed, developed and implemented. Although MOTECH is viewed as a “technology project,” the majority of the lessons learned are around operational issues, cultural components and operating with partners to make the project successful.