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Jazbe Hasan Razvi, Network Engineer with DEF shares that W4C project is helping the people of Chanderi and its weavers and entrepreneurs, who have been deprived of ICT tools, by connecting them through internet and enhanced educational system. By the way of internet, people and children are now accessing educational websites and other websites to gain knowledge and skills.

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.

Securing family income through wireless connectivity

With the help of DEF, people are now enjoying the benefits of a cyber café at Chanderi. According to an anonymous user, in June 2015, there were about 100 people who visited the cyber café. The security guard at the café records the mobile number, address, signature, etc. of the people for security reasons and allows them to use the cyber café. By using the Cyber Café, he has gained skills, knowledge, ability and opportunity to work at the same cyber café. His children children also get an opportunity to learn through internet. The user views that with the speed and quality of internet connectivity increasing, work would be more effective and fast.

Chanderiyaan

Chanderi is known for its architecture, masonry, stone carving, weaving and elegant sarees. Rapid urbanization has made the condition of weavers worse as they find it difficult to earn their livelihood. As a statistical comparison, these entrepreneurs earn about 2-3 thousand Rupees per month even though they produce about 65 crores in a year. These people and communities often face challenges as they have no available cash to buy raw materials for their products. They also lack skills and have no market knowledge. Chanderiyan is project of DEF which has helped weavers by providing them with special software that allows them to get various patterns of weaving and provide an opportunity for marketing. DEF has also provided them with looms and conducts training programs with people to further enhance their skills, knowledge3 and abilities.

Sahariya tribe in Baran district of Rajasthan

ahariya tribe in Baran district of Rajasthan are now reaping the benefits of wireless internet. In this district, 40% are tribal population which is nomadic laborers are illiterate. 60% of the women are illiterate. These communities have historically been subjugated and oppressed and lack identity. Due to poverty, one of the major challenge is lack of information and news excludes the community from the opportunities that exist. However, one ray of hope, Vijay Roy, who heard of the Wireless For Communities program of the Internet Society and Digital Empowerment, engaged to establish 8 major nodes of network across Baran district. More than 2,000 tribals are now connected to avail the benefits of telemedicine, videoconferencing, vocation programs and obtaining skills for entrepreneurship.

Augmenting Information Flows in Villages

Two thousand six hundred and two individuals across the 5 blocks, with a total of 2061 female and 541 male respondents were surveyed to show the augmented information flow in the Indian villages. The size of the households in the study regions were quite diverse.

Community Radio

The Letter of Intent (LoI) is the first major milestone to setup a Community radio (CR) station. It is issued after clearance by an inter-ministerial committee chaired by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting including the Ministries of Home Affairs, Defence& HRD (in case of private educational institutions).

Bank e loom Film

Barabanki, a district in Uttar Pradesh, India has literacy of less than 60% with a population of 3.3 million. This area consists of 50,000 weavers and has about 20,000 looms. The weavers of Barabanki earn Rs.100-120 daily, which is not equal to the national minimum wage of Rs.160 per day. Bank-e-Loom initiative is initiated by Ericsson and Digital Empowerment Foundation to promote the digital skills in Uttar Pradesh. It intends to empower traditional young artisans from the region to embrace new technology tools to increase their sales and create more employment opportunities, while eliminating the middleman.

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