About Sibjan & Creating SMILES, Building the Nation
To solve this problem, Sibjan came up with the project “ICT for Agriculture”, as a part of the organization Creating SMILES, Building the Nation. It’s an SMS service that provides farmers with relevant agricultural information. Creating SMILES targets agricultural cooperations, NGOs and agribusinesses, all of which have registered farmers in their networks. These cooperations pay to get access to Creating SMIILES’ interface, including their bank of information on weather forecasts, crop and animal diseases, fertilizer requirements and market prices. They also buy sms credits and then send out relevant info to their farmer network. The farmers can also contact them directly to ask questions. The most common questions relate to market prices and weather forecast during monsoon periods.
Creating SMILES, Building the Nation is ready to scale ICT for Agriculture to benefit all farmers in Nepal. The SE Outreach Accelerator will allow Sibjan to develop the business management skills needed to run a financially sustainable enterprise and make strategic decisions, in order to increase his social impact.