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.




Building on the pioneering work of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and in partnership with microfinance institutions and telecommunications operators, Grameen Foundation has led initiatives to bring affordable telecommunications to the rural poor in Uganda and Rwanda. The success of these “Village Phone” programs has created tremendous global interest in starting similar initiatives.


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