Deaf Women Farmers in Kenya Using Information Exchange

Deaf women farmers in Kenya using information exchange.

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About You

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About Your Organization

Organization Name

Deaf Links and Resource Center

Organization Website

Organization Country

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

Country where this project is creating social impact

Kenya, NA, Nairobi

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Is your organization a

Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Name Your Entry

Deaf Women Farmers in Kenya Using Information Exchange

Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for less than a year

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?

Deaf women farmers in Kenya have no means of communicating and negotiating their farm products. This lack of information keeps them in a disadvantaged financial position, so that it is difficult to get financing and resources they need for their business and have always been taken advantage of by brokers.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

Design marketing, financial and information services to mainstream resources to the deaf women and combine information, commodity transactions services and financial linkages into a business service model that provides access to markets. Market information and credit for rural deaf women to support sustainable agriculture and rural development.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities

This model provides the deaf women farmers with access to credit lines, market intelligence, buyers and farm inputs by the use of mobile phones. Set up support centers equipped with a pc and a GSM-phone to link up with the central hub which is the main server/database and provides an access center for the storage and retrieval of information. Each support center is managed by an agent who collects and disseminates information, assists in forming groups and arranges buy and sell deals. This model has seen the market chain shortened and reduced money going to the many brokers.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

Drum Net, Pride Africa, Kenya Agricultural Commodity Exchange. The differnce is that our organisation is purely centered on working with deaf women farmers of Kenya. The challenge is that these organisations are well established while our is still young much focus is usually on them and little on us.

Social Impact

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What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)

Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity, Policy change/advocacy.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Deaf women farmers are now able to access credit lines, market intelligence, buyers and farm inputs by use of their mobile phones. The market chain has been shortened and this has reduced money going to brokers so that deaf women farmers now recieve 86% of the price offered.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

To make deaf women farmers in Kenya appreciate the use of ICT for business purpose.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Deaf women farmers targeted for this project majority of them could not respond to short text services due to illiteracy. To overcome this, a transaction agent will be chosen in each farmer group to help the other members appreciate how to use the facility.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Enroll deaf women in the community to be part of this project

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone

Task 1

Collaborate with provincial administration to get the population of deaf women in the community

Task 2

Enroll as many deaf women in the project

Task 3

Put in place monitoring and evaluation tools to track progress

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

To partner with government and non governmental offices and enrol deaf women for this project around the country

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone

Task 1

Partner with other organizations

Task 2

Get funding

Task 3

Monitoring and evaluations

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.

Many deaf women are discriminated in the job market and few that get involve in farming business rarely get full benefits of their hard work because of brokers who take advantage of them. This idea was natured when some of our clients used to write to us concerning their progress of cases in court. We realized that ICT knowledge could be used to communicate to them on market.


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Tell us about your partnerships

We created successful partnership with the office of the provincial administration and religious institutions.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

132 weeks ago angeline omollo submitted this idea.