Grameen Foundation USA joins AMEA in Uganda
We are excited to announce our first new member in 2020 - Grameen Foundation! Grameen Foundation’s mission is to empower the poor, especially women, to create a world without poverty and hunger. Using digital technology and data, Grameen seeks to understand people who live in poverty, the ecosystem of actors surrounding them, and provide empowering tools that elevate their livelihoods. Given that 70% of those who live in poverty are smallholder farmers, much of Grameen’s work is aimed at improving the agriculture ecosystem by enabling much-needed access to information, inputs, markets and finance through digital farming tools and mobile money. Grameen Foundation’s key to success in deploying digital tools is engaging and training digitally-enabled community agents who provide last-mile delivery of solutions to rural communities that transform their lives.
“Grameen Foundation is thrilled to join the AMEA Network. We look forward to collaborating with other members and sharing communal resources to advance skills and knowledge that will improve the agriculture ecosystem in developing and emerging markets”
- Mona McCord, Director, Agriculture Innovations
Inspired by the work of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus (founder of Grameen Bank), Grameen Foundation began working with microfinance institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. To date, over 12 million people and their families have gained better access to microloans, savings accounts and other financial services through Grameen Foundation. In its second decade, Grameen Foundation broadened its approach to tackle multiple dimensions of the complex problems of poverty, including food security and building financial security. In 2006 Grameen Foundation launched its Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) digital solution in Uganda which laid the basis for a new approach to address problems faced by poor farming households. The CKW initiative trained and provided thousands of dynamic community-based agents access to an easy-to-use smartphone application to collect basic farm and household information and share high-impact agriculture extension services. Today, Grameen continues to use iterations of the digital solution to enable much-needed access to information, inputs, markets and finance that ultimately leads to sustainable increases in farm productivity and income. Currently in Uganda, Grameen Foundation is helping to connect refugees in the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement to critical financial services.
Grameen Foundation collaborates with a wide range of local partners and international organisations (including banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators and agribusinesses) to create a community of common interest and support for smallholders. Grameen Foundation joins AMEA as a local partner in our Ugandan network. The AMEA network looks forward to strengthening the support system for Ugandan smallholders with Grameen Foundation.
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