Grameen Foundation, a global non-profit organization that combines microfinance with new technologies to empower the world's poorest people and Local GSM network operator, MTN RwandaCell are launching Village Phone Rwanda, an innovative new joint venture.


Village Phone Rwanda is bringing affordable telephone access to rural communities where there is no access to communication and where power supply is unreliable. The goal of Village Phone Rwanda is to create 3,000 new businesses throughout the country in three years. A microfinance loan of US$250 will be given to each operator to enable them to purchase a phone kit, which includes a handset, SIM card, a booster antenna, car battery and marketing materials.



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