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Village Cellphone : Empowering Bangladesh

Author: Films Media Group.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2014] ©2008
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the early 1990s, Iqbal Quadir, a Bangladesh-born MIT professor and entrepreneur, had the idea that cellphones could be used to help the very poorest people. For Bangladesh, a densely populated country strangled by frequent natural disasters and a serious lack of infrastructure, Iqbal saw communication technology as an essential resource. His vision: to help village entrepreneurs, backed by micro-loans, establish  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videorecording
Internet videos
Educational films
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 2008
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Films Media Group.
OCLC Number: 892631131
Language Note: Closed captioned.
Performer(s): Anchor: Natasha Sweeney.
Description: 1 online resource (1 streaming video (11 min.))
Contents: Cellphones Helping the Poor (2:24) --
Village "Phone Ladies" (2:57) --
Engaging the Poor in Business (2:50) --
Cell Bazaar (1:16) --
Bangladesh Cellphone Update (1:38) --
Credits: Village Cellphone: Empowering Bangladesh (0:06).
Responsibility: Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Abstract:

In the early 1990s, Iqbal Quadir, a Bangladesh-born MIT professor and entrepreneur, had the idea that cellphones could be used to help the very poorest people. For Bangladesh, a densely populated country strangled by frequent natural disasters and a serious lack of infrastructure, Iqbal saw communication technology as an essential resource. His vision: to help village entrepreneurs, backed by micro-loans, establish cellphone leasing businesses that retail phone services to their surrounding communities. Ten years later, with hundreds of "village phone ladies" in operation, did Iqbal's model for lifting developing nations out of poverty pay off? CBC News Sunday's Natasha Sweeney has the story of how one man, starting with one phone, helped a whole country leapfrog into the 21st century.

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