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.




Our intent with this manual is to share information and propose models for implementing Village Phone Direct based on our experience at Grameen Foundation. We hope this document provides you, as microfinance institutions, with the information and tools necessary to initiate a Village Phone program in a form that is appropriate for you and your clients.


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