In 2011 Grameen Foundation established an office in Medellin, Colombia to move closer to those we work to empower — the poor and poorest. In Colombia, we are using mobile technology to improve access to financial service and information on agriculture. Drawing on our experiences in Uganda, we launched the Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative in Colombia.
Locally, the CKWs are known as Líderes Productores. In their communities they work with smallholder farmers, agricultural cooperatives such as the Coffee Producers’ Cooperative of Salgar (COOCAFISA), and poor communities using mobile technology to deliver and collect information using the Progress out of Poverty Index® (PPI®). The PPI is a country-specific assessment tool which assists in measuring outreach to the poor, monitoring changes in economic well-being of clients. It can provide data that helps managers improve the effectiveness of programs and services, as well as financial service models designed to positively impact individual and collective quality of life.
Our partnerships with MasterCard World Wide, The Department of Nutrition and Food Security of Antioquia (MANA-GF), and our Memorandum of Understanding with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) allow us to actively address food security issues amongst small-scale farmers and the rural poor.