Region: Asia | Country : India

Executive Summary

The Wireless for Communities (W4C) program, launched by the Internet Society and Digital Empowerment Foundation in India in 2009, deploys community wireless networks to set up and expand connectivity in rural locations of India and equips community members with training to design, deploy, and operate wireless networks. The program has benefitted over 120,000 people, trained 100 community members, and connected 246 community information resource centers (CIRCs) in over 18 states of the country. It has enabled local governments, community radio stations, and rural weavers to be connected through its efforts. Further, training for rural entrepreneurs through resource centers such as “Chanderiyaan” as well as at the Barefoot College have provided employment and benefited people who wanted to start businesses online. The latest phase of the project, called Wireless Women for Entrepreneurship & Empowerment (W2E2), empowers women entrepreneurs through specific capacity building efforts by providing them training to set up businesses online.

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