In Kenya, we are using mobile technology to improve access to financial services and information on agriculture. Through our e-warehouse initiative, we are also developing a mobile-based system to provide information to help smallholder maize farmers properly store their crops post-harvest, and connect them to financial services and markets for final sale.
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Grameen Foundation has been working with the Ghana Health Service since 2008 to improve the maternal and neonatal care in rural communities through the Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH) initiative. Using the MOTECH platform, we have also developed mobile applications that provide information on sexual reproductive health to youth and information on farming techniques and weather reports to smallholder farmers.
The vast majority of the world's poorest countries are in Africa, and nearly half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 910 million people are estimated to live on less than US$1.25 per day. Grameen Foundation has been working in Sub-Saharan Africa for more than a decade, improving the livelihoods of the region’s poor by building relevant mobile-based solutions and increasing access to financial services. Our current work focuses on delivering financial solutions and information services via mobile technology that target the rural poor, with a specific focus on agriculture, health and livelihoods.
February 04, 2013
Originally posted on our AppLab Blog. Fredrick Ndiwalana is Relationship Manager, Applab Money Accelerator, and Ali Ndiwalana is Research Lead, AppLab Money Incubator, at Grameen Foundation Uganda.