Growing the Internet 31 December 2015

Wireless for Communities in India: Phase 4 Report

Phase 4: Wireless Women for Education and Empowerment (2014-2015)

  • Supported 50 women in five communities to create Internet-based social enterprises that are owned and managed by women.
  • Five communities selected include Baran in Rajasthan, Chanderi and Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh, Ranchi in Jharkhand, and Tura in Meghalaya.
  • Women participated in a six-month training to develop their online skills to run their enterprises. They were also provided with hardware, software and wireless Internet access for their enterprises.
  • Developed a website to document the women’s stories.
  • Many of the women established and managed their own community information resource centres.
  • Many women also became trainers and trained women and girls in their own villages. In Chanderi, 4,000 women and girls were trained this way.

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