Wireless for Communities” (W4C) is an initiative of the Internet Society (ISOC) and Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) that utilises unlicensed spectrum and low-cost Wi-Fi based equipment to connect and empower rural and underserved communities. Since its inception in 2010, the W4C programme has provided internet connectivity in more than 10 locations bringing the benefits of internet connectivity to over 200,000 people. Since then, the W4C programme has brought to these people e-governance initiatives like community service centres (CSC), automation of birth and death certifications, and single window clearance systems.

Wireless Women for Entrepreneurship & Empowerment (W2E2) program, based on the strengths of the existing programme activities under the ‘Wireless for Communities’ (W4C) aims to create women’s micro-level social enterprises based on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and develop women entrepreneurs supported by wireless Internet in 4 backward districts of India and contribute to an enabling Internet environment and Internet for gender inclusion and women empowerment.

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The success stories of barefoot engineers, and how the project has connected some of the remotest regions of the country and impacted the lives of last miles users.

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Providing advanced health care through wireless connectivity
Since Chanderi is a very poor town with almost no medical facilities, DEF has helped the town to be equipped with ECG and NIP as well as other tests with the help of software and machines. It has also made easy communication with doctors through technology getting about 60-70 patients per month.

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Editor: Osama Manzar
Written by: Arjun Sen
Research & Compilation: Arjun Sen and Ritu Srivastava

This coffee table book is an effort to share the success stories of barefoot engineers, and how the project has connected some of the remotest regions of the country and impacted the lives of last mile users.