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Angel connected with his local Community Knowledge Worker (CKW), who is trained by Grameen Foundation and has a smartphone full of information about crop management, market prices, and fair trade certification requirements. Angel has consulted his CKW regularly to help him grow better crops and prevent pests and disease. As he says, “I have used the CKW system four times now. Each time the information has been very useful.”

His CKW has also helped him become a member of the Asocati agricultural cooperative, and Angel is now on track to become certified by Fairtrade International. Farmers who receive fair trade certification use sustainable growing techniques and receive a better price for their harvest.

And with a loan from family members and advice from his CKW, Angel has started selling chickens and eggs to make more money.