Simon Obwoya, one of Grameen Foundation’s Community Knowledge Workers, takes a call from a farmer in northern Uganda.
Celebrating 10 Years of Promoting Technology for the Poor
In the late 1990s, the idea of using mobile phones to help the poor was still quite new and somewhat controversial. Despite the early successes of Grameen Bank’s Village Phone program in Bangladesh, many thought poor people could not benefit from the technology, much less earn a living from it. But Craig and Susan McCaw saw the possibilities. With their backing, Grameen Foundation in 2001 launched the Grameen Foundation Technology Center in Seattle, to create technology-based business opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs around the world. A decade later, Grameen Foundation is still a leader in developing technology that gives the poor quick and easy access to vital information that helps their businesses and their families. We salute the McCaws for their continued support, and for their unwavering belief in the power of technology to fight “information poverty” among the poor. GF
Grameen Foundation President and CEO Alex Counts (in the orange shirt) meets with Grameen Foundation staff and Community Knowledge Workers in Uganda.
Annual Report to our stakeholders