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.



Village Phone Direct Step-by-Step

Village Phone Direct is more than just a collection of communications equipment. It also defines a process by which people acting as catalysts for their communities and organizations can create successful Village Phone businesses. The basic steps described here are not exhaustive or definitive. And, although they are presented as separate efforts, there is a high degree of parallel action and coordination required.


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