Sub-Saharan Africa

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


Shanti’s life has always been determined by the seasons.

When she was a farm laborer, the monsoon rains, summer heat, and harvests dictated her days laboring in the fields.

Now, thanks to loans from Sonata, Shanti is the owner of a small general store and in tune with an entirely new schedule of seasons. Before the start of the school year, she stocks pencils, pens, and paper on her shop’s shelves, and before each festival, she stocks goods for that particular celebration.


When Dorothy Unger picked up the book The End of Poverty, by Jeffrey Sachs, she didn’t realize that it would change her life. At the time, back in 2007, Dorothy was preparing to retire from her career in information technology. 

The book gave her a new mission: use her computer skills to help address global poverty.

She hasn’t stopped since, and today she is a valued Diamond Volunteer for Grameen Foundation’s Bankers without Borders (BwB) program.

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.