Mobile communication and internet social network groups (JETIME social network)

Mobile communication and internet social network groups (JETIME social network)

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$10,000 - $50,000
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JETIME to create new jobs, provide mobile phone communication services, banking schemes without necessity to have a bank infrastructure: micro-loans/credits services for farmers and ensure as access to information for all, especially social entrepreneurs. It is a respectful community foundation of creative young women for economic growth, passionate about peace and development by applying ICTs.

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Section 1: About You
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, BJ

Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?


Organization Name


Organization Phone

:+257 79 637 440

Organization Address

Buterere I, 10th Street No 11

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How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
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, BJ

What makes your idea unique?

JETIME is unique idea because it is a BANK-mobile phone based micro-loans for young women who care for orphans, agriculture coalitions for food security and youth to access to financial supports to start their own small businesses viewed as income generation activities and for all social entrepreneurs to access to information and communication that improve crops productivity and food security in Burundi.

It is a respectful community foundation of creative young women for economic growth, passionate about peace and development by applying technologies, internet and promoting Media awareness. It is a solution to humanitarian matters, promotion and protection of children rights and ensuring community food security.

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Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

The project will have substantial social benefits and no adverse social impacts. JETIME is proposed to conduct research to learn how WOMEN AND YOUTH can apply TECHNOLOGIES (mobile phone based) and the social web 2.0 site (computers based) to connect and empower people, create new job, reduce poverty and food insecurity and ensure communication from developing to rich countries.

It is expected to make an important positive contribution to Burundi community environmental conservation, increase income generation for 10 guardians’ families who will benefit from JETIME MICROLOANS to start a small MICRO BUSINESS program to generate revenue for feeding 1500 orphans children adopted in their home.

It will also reduce calling expenses for all customers in Burundi, a goal to achieve with at least 500.000

We will provide start-up loans from 5000 USD (10 loans of 100-250 USD for each guardian, plus USD 800 for the training sessions and remaining for web site, arranging offices and other local oversee for our small micro enterprise institute establishment with local administration and secure the account self-sustained). It will integrate rural NGOs AGRICULTURE chains, schools and National Counselling centres.

The JETIME Loans fund has also impacts to social positive impact to food security and access to other tree resources such as wood and fodder thus reducing the impact of the lack of and adequate access to forestry resources on people’s livelihoods. This will make important contributions to employment creation in community, providing incomes to beneficiaries as a poverty alleviation strategy and provide for an important opportunity for the beneficiaries to gainfully participate in community and national development.

Specific benefits include: (a) alleviate poverty, hunger and boost nutrition; (b) increase the capacity connectedness and communication using Mobile phone FREE CALLING, FREE SMS exchange between members of the community to address causes of socio-economic problems including natural resource management; (c) strengthening social cohesion and fostering the emergence of community-based activities.

Women and youth are the most vulnerable as far as the project is concerned. These will benefit in terms of nutrition, health awareness, and cultural events, increased household and personal incomes and provide a buffer to food insecurity; increase overall diversity in livelihoods and address economic, social and environmental concerns in a holistic and uniting fashion.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

The digital divide that affects people in developing countries is more than just the lack of access to the internet and technologies. It also affects them in the lack access to financial aid opportunities to start small businesses and improve economic live hood. The lack of access to communication and information is a big problem to women farmer coalitions which are involved in agro-businesses in rural. They are becoming unemployed women and this situation increased factors driving women and youth poverty, malnutrition in Africa especially in Burundi or sub-Saharan countries. The main factors favorising unemployment, malnutrition and driving women poverty in Burundi have been identified and encompass:

(I) Lack of capital to start income generating activities
(II) Food insecurity and malnutrition
(III) Poor quality of INTERNET and lack of access to ICT
(V) Insufficient of economic enterprises of finance with youth credits schemes aimed at promoting women in Medium and Small Enterprises (MSEs)

After over 13 years in Burundi since 1993-2005 of instability and civil conflict that brought country into poverty. The country is characterized by the higher rates of malnourished, unemployed and women violence.

Big problems are also viewed in less involvement of women and youth in business and Job creation due to the lack of start-up financial resources. The internet and ICT have been a way for people worldwide to benefit from online story telling and create employment, generate income via e-businesses, e-marketing, e-commerce, e-learning and communication.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

PHASE 0: Created Jeancka University Students Television And Radio Club (JUSTAR) with JETIME mobile communication and internet social network.

PHASE 1: Sponsor received from ECONET wireless to enable customers to call and exchange SMS for free in JETIME network.

PHASE2: Fund sponsor to book web site and promote it, find sponsors and stakeholder big foundation to collaborate.

PHASE3: Find an expert on designing social a device application (VoIP application) downloable from web site into any mobile phone and from web site into computers to enable free access to internet in Wi-Fi, Free SMS exchange, Post-paid calling (reduced fees), networking unlimited number of people in Face book, twitter, and other social network, paid or free access to BANK Account (transfer money)

PHASE4: Receive at least 5000 USD or EURO, run e-forum and identify 10 NGOs in Burundi to benefit from MICRO-CREDITS

PHASE5: Processes to launch micro finance and call for application (women and young entrepreneurs in Burundi)

PHASE6: Monitoring and evaluation of the project and ensure the sustainability of the project rests upon several key factors. Firstly, the project design places major emphasis on CAPACITY BUILDING of social entrepreneur women and youth members. Overall objective is to ensure that at the end of the implementation period, all major project stakeholders including beneficiaries and local council administrations have all increased their capacity to support SMALL BUSINESS AND AGRICULTURE, as well as ARTISTES.

PHASE7: Encourage and facilitate the beneficiaries of the project to form groups and constitute themselves into a Community Association, which provides opportunities to further manage the project.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

-10 women coalition who support 1500 orphans are selected and youth entrepreneurs benefit from micro credit and are included into JUSTAR Television and Radio Club as well as in JETIME scheme for economic development. (20010-2011)

-A web site is booked, well designed for and device application for Mobile phone networking people is designed and integrated in our web site at least (December 2010)
-20 Farmers Groups or NGOs 20 in rural and urban of developing countries are selected as strategic partners from online story tellers.

-JETIME FOUNDATION and JUSTAR TELEVISION AND RADIO CLUB are promoted by Social changer maker, and at least 2 new collaborators or financing organisation are found. (2010-2011)

-Over 500.000 people in Burundi will be aware about JETIME, its partners and about mobile communication business and Technologies with problems related to women and human rights for children and women via awareness news (national radio and television), articles, journal, videos, workshops, (2010-2012)

-At least 10 PH.D expert in women, children, ICT, business, agriculture, environment, HIV/AIDS, malnutrition will be found and invited to join and help out online (2010-2012)

-Web site and mobile device included it into larger search engineer for mobile phone user and computer
-New society of internet and Technologies JETIME FOUNDATION being promoted
-At least 2 emissions are designed on DVDs, CD and broadcasted at National and international Channel TV and Radio
-20 Journal and articles produced and distributed.

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

To improve public policy in CHILD HUMAN RIGHTS using “MOBILE PHONE, INTERNET AND ICT”.

1. Engaging people in economic activities through meetings, gatherings, workshops and seminars
2. developing news Medium and small Enterprises (MSEs) using small activities with higher impacts.
3.Building sustainable partnerships, working in mentoring, complementary strategies
4.Engaging people in E-courses on Internet Governance and ICT policy courses that improve policies in humanitarians and economic issues

What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

1. JETIME FOUNDATION need to find 3 UNIVERSITIES SCHOOLS with 6 PH.D professors to partner our online Campus, provide us their UNIVERSITY CURRICULUM TO BE AJUSTED BY BURUNDI Lecturers and profs in collaborative work, train students in class and online by starting at undergraduates level with at list 50to 200 students from various communities or universities of developing countries during (5-10weeks or 12 months).

2. Find sponsors and scholarships for 50-100 orphans and other vulnerable in Burundi to complete their primary and secondary studies by University studies and gain diploma of Bachelor, Masters and PH.D (School program was launched in 2009)

3. University will find to our students a place where to do INTERNESHIPS, MASTER AND PHD courses


3. Universities will sponsor small grants and will send their PHD professors in Burundi to teach.

5.We need to reduce poverty and university students’ dropout rate rising in Burundi, in Africa and especially in EAC.

6. Sign agreement on using our web sites to promoted our societies

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

Jean-Claude KAMWENUBUSA has investigated 20.150 USD since 2008 as start-up fund to launch JEANCKA society and promote JETIME FOUNDATION. 2 small social enterpreneurs in the community added their capital of 9.000 USD.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

After passing over 15 years experience in a country of war since 1993-2007 in Burundi, Jean-Claude KAMWENUBUSA demonstrates passion to empower and inspire people to realise their potential to bring about positive change and increase economic development within their communities and families. He passed over 5 years working with children and women to promote a project aiming to be an umbrella concept of inclusiveness of children and young people. He created Jeancka University Student Television club (JUSTAR) based on global awareness,

With his experience in global arts (MUSIC COMPOSITOR AND SINGER), the 9th, 9, 2009 at 9h09 he produced his thirst promotional album with key 4 songs including “UPON YOU, THE NATIONS AND TELL-VISION”.

He wanted to involve young women in decision making, take leadership position in businesses communication to be seen be heard and become self-funded wherever they are, everywhere they go and at an time, while they feel free to express their ideas on Human Rights and life experience. He believes that if voice is broadcasted by channel television, radios FM and internet can reach to million of people in the world, a way to share life and experience for a better world for all.

He also worked with various categories of vulnerable groups, who have taken a vital role in identifying problems and issues of their own villages. Some are orphans and HIV/AIDS who have completed their primary and secondary schools but over 50 children have stopped their university studies because of global poverty which has handicapped our country Burundi. Jean-Claude is aware about higher rates of dropping out of the university students in Africa, especially in East African communities due to unaffordable fees so he is committed as volunteer to get these youth returned at school and help others who would be wishing to be involved in their own small enterprises for self-dependent lifelong live hood.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

Social innovator is Jean-Claude KAMWENUBUSA and local people in the communities of Burundi. Burton Danit, PH.D Doctor Co-Founder of A Better Community for All (ABC4ALL) is main consultant who stimulate him since over 5 years.

He has participated with A Better Community For All (ABC4All), in development for more than 12 years. ABC4All’s mission includes "Maximizing Charitable Contributions on and off the Internet." ABC4All also aims to bring advanced technologies to the world representing Global Humanitarian Relief (GHR). Herein lies an opportunity offering tools for everyone to think globally and act locally for sustainable development, indeed, a potentially better world for all.

A.JETIME FOUNDATION is a sponsored by ASASS-Burundi a charity organization based in Burundi and registered with the law Decret-Loi No 1/011 of 18 April 1992 of the Republic of Burundi. Thereby JETIME FOUNDATION function under approval latter of the Ministry of public security No 530/077 of 03/02/2006 as a not profit Organization.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Friend or family member

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Economic or institutional constraints, Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

The lack of access to Information, Communication and Technologies (ICT) in developing countries such as Burundi affect women through lack of development and increased problems of integration in decision making and governance. The lack of women involvement in using TECHNOLOGIES negatively affects the economic growth and social development of youth and women in the whole country.

JETIME with mobile phone and computer technologies involve more than 100 women and poor youth coalitions in business entrepreneurship and employment creation within rural communities with focus on potential of ICTs to connect people at a low cost.

There is a need to accelerate communication and information exchange with rural and urban people and stakeholders on economic growth issues by applying latest network technologies (computers and mobile phones) . Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world and has just come out of 13 years of civil war in since 2006. Buterere community - on the outskirts of the capital city Bujumbura – has 33.500 inhabitants and is one of the poorest communities in Burundi.

People in rural and urban communities have major economic, social and health problems. Many have no formal or informal skills and others don’t have access to jobs. Women and girls are subject to sexual abuse and prostitution, while men and youth go bagging in the markets and along the roads, picking up food and materials from the rubbish dump, which only increases the public health problems.

Most have no land, while others have only small plots which are not suitable for farming. 97% of the families are below the poverty line, living on less than US $1 a day. More than half of the households go to bed without food at night. These socio-economic problems increased during over 13 years of civil war occurred in the country in 1993-2005 which ended really in 2008.

JETIME FOUNDATION addresses these issues.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology design, Market research, Technology introduction, Technology training, Technology supply and distribution, Creation and maintenance of market linkages for women's economic outputs, Assessment and evaluation.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

•young women in Africa, Burundi will learning IT skills and joining the digital society
•They will be selected and involved in under graduated courses and life skills trainings, e-business, e-learning short and long term courses to be taught by PH.D professors already recruited from UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERS (UNV)
•University TERIMEBERE SCHOOL (online schools we created recently) will involve people in adult literacy and education part of building strong communities as adults are more likely to vote and engage in democratic decision-making if they are literate.
•We will offer undergraduate curriculum course on Internet Governance and ICT policy
•Introduction course to commerce with major in marketing

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception., The project developed a focus on women over time..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Peri-urban, Urban, Low income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women., The core project team includes women..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Non-profit/NGO/community-based organization, Women's organization.

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working with technologies, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology.