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 Grameen Foundation

Dear ##first_name|Friend##,

Thanks to you, farmers like Mary in Uganda have been able to pull their families out of poverty. Your compassion and generosity give the opportunity for the working poor to improve their lives and create a brighter future for their children. Read on for more of Mary's uplifting story…and a peek into the positive change you're creating all over the world.

Mary is Lifting Her Family – and Her Community – Out of Poverty

With the help of a smartphone, Mary is connecting farmers in her community to more information – and bigger profits!

Download a Summary or Watch a Recording of a Live Video Chat with Mary.

Your support of Grameen Foundation has helped poor women like Mary and her family of five in rural northern Uganda. Despite struggling at times, Mary has always been an honored and respected member of her community. In 2008, she was nominated by her peers to become a Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) for Grameen Foundation.

Since then, Mary has been trained by Grameen Foundation and equipped with a special smartphone containing a searchable database of agricultural and livestock information. Now Mary visits 6-7 farmers a week to answer their questions like: "what’s the best time to plant based on the weather forecast?" or "how do I get the best price for my crops?" and "when should I harvest?" With the income she makes as a CKW, she has been able to bring her family above the poverty line, as well as help improve the lives of other poor farming families in her village.

An unexpected change Mary has seen is the empowerment of female farmers in the communities she serves and she is proud to see how her example has resulted in women playing a bigger role in decision-making. Between this positive change and the information Mary provides, families are able to earn more income, send their children to school, keep food on the table, and save their farms from disappearing.

Thanks to your generosity, this farmer-empowering program is growing:

  • Our CKWs have had more than 2 million interactions with farmers!
  • Nearly 1,300 CKWs are currently helping farmers by providing tips on how best to care for their crops and livestock – which they depend on for both their food and their income.
  • We’ve now helped over 254,000 total farmers.
  • Our CKW program has reached a total of 21,800 villages!
Thank you for helping Grameen Foundation truly make a difference through empowerment and information, engaging respected community members like Mary to help improve their lives and the lives of those around them. We couldn’t do our work without you!

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to have a live video chat with Mary.

Download a summary of the chat, or watch a video recording of our conversation today!

Grameen Foundation
1101 15th St. NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20005


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