What solution(s) does your initiative address to better the lives of girls and women by leveraging technology? (select all applicable)
Access to technology, Access to education/training, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
By providing affordable Internet, we have triggered further research and economic activities. Many ladies sell our sim cards and earn 1 dollar per sim card which is 2400/= and worth a meal in Uganda. The ladies also have an opportunity to use our sim card internet data bundle and as such save the $ 10 and more that they would spend on expensive Data bundles. In addition to this, they are able to get access to communication and information affordable and divert their recurrent expenditure focus to health and development than high cost internet bundles. For the Free connection to Pregnant ladies, then they can save some money to cater for their medical and maternity issues, and as such prepare for their unborn baby.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
In the next 1-3 years I see Owino Internet growing to become a larger domestic name in as far as Internet is concerned. I am still lobying for an investor to boost its activities by helping set up an Internet Hot Spot in Kampala city where all those who cant afford the Telecom charges can use this media of communication. Kampala city has so many schools and this Hot spot could boost education and enhance girl child education by indirectly cutting down costs of communication. We must remember that girls or ladies actually have much more needs than Men. When costs of living go up, women are much more vulnerable to evil traps and other compromise that endanger their lives. We must put this in the spotlight of all our activities. When women have easy access to social facilities, men are happy.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The Major barrier are that we have not found an investor to transform us into a Hot Spot and as such independent of the Telecom offers that we rely on. If the Telecom costs are high, we have less to offer the communities. However, we have not sat down, every day we are on twitter and other social networking sites, lobbying for any investor to boost us either by transforming us into a Hot spot, or a self reliant Internet Service Provider by donating modems to the poor women that they pay for in installments by using our network. We as such plan to overcome them by raising our antennas higher for any opportunities that may come up rhyming with our interests and goals.
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