Village Phone Direct Manual

Enabling Microfinance Institutions to Bring Affordable Communication Services to the Poor

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With this manual, the Grameen Foundation introduces Village Phone Direct, a variation of the Village Phone programme. This manual provides a template for creating local, sustainable Village Phone Direct programmes that simultaneously bring telecommunication and information services to the rural poor, create viable new businesses for micro-entrepreneurs, and expand the customer base of telecommunication operators.




Most of us take for granted the ease with which we can access telecommunications services at home, at work, and on our cell phones. For the more than two billion people subsisting on less than two dollars each day, this is largely impossible. This lack of telecommunications access can isolate those living in poverty from vital resources and severely impact their social and economic development.


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