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.




It is widely recognized that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are an important tool for broader social and economic development. There are many examples around the world which demonstrate this, but very few stand out like the successful the Grameen Village Phone model.


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