Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stories of Hope

In remote villages in Kenya, where administrative costs make it infeasible to offer insurance against crop failure and the cost of verifying a claim are prohibitive, determined people still solutions using available technology.


Stores selling seeds take cell phone photographs to confirm purchases and details of insurance purchase are sent as text messages. Insurers use data from weather stations to determine conditions leading to crop failure, and insurance benefits are paid out without detailed paper applications having to be made.
 
There is no limit to human ingenuity. And it always wonderful to see people seeking solutions, instead of creating problems.
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drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

11 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - Thanks for sharing the ways in which these people work together and use modern technology. Instead of finding reasons not to pay on claims and do what needs to be done, they find ways to do it. I like that approach and the ingenuity.

Al said...

That is brilliant. A very heart warming story!

Jan Morrison said...

A wonderful story - ingenuity is tremendous.

missing moments said...

Great story. Hubby and I have been to South Africa a number of times and always amazed at the ingenuity of its people.

Deb and Barbara said...

Absolutely genius!!
B

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

One can be part of the problem or part of the solution!

Chuck said...

Something about necessity being the mother of invention??? Never fails.

sue said...

That is a lovely story Rayna, just what I needed! It's reassuring what people at the grass roots level can achieve. Sue

LTM said...

well, heck. After the tornadoes two weeks ago, folks are getting dropped right and left here. Let's send them your drabble... :D ((hugs)) <3 U~

Meera said...

Was just planning a blog on finding solutions instead of focusing on problems. This is a wonderful example.

slommler said...

All I can say is AMEN!!
Well said
Hugs
SueAnn

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