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Community Networks 31 December 2011

Wireless for Communities in India: Phase 1 Impact Assessment Report

Phase 1: Pilot in Chanderi village, Madhya Pradesh (2010-2011)

  • Developed a model wireless community network that is replicated in the future phases of the W4C programme.
  • Enabled communities’ access to the Internet through the Chanderi Weavers Information Resource Centre, which has helped to create new weaving design patterns and enhance the Chanderiyaan e-commerce platform to market local produce and handicrafts of Chanderi.
  • Provided Internet connectivity in schools, local government offices, business premises, a health centre and a community radio station.
  • Conducted training of trainers workshops in establishing and operating wireless networks, and in using the Internet for community development. Some of the trainees became trainers in the subsequent phases when the programme was expanded to other villages.
  • Weavers have reported 20-40% growth in their income.
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