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Mobile Connections to Promote Women’s Economic Development (M-POWERED)

MOBILE CONNECTIONS TO PROMOTE
WOMEN'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
(M-POWERED)

Trickle Up is piloting a new project that will put smartphones in the hands of women living in extreme poverty in India. These women and families will also participate in Trickle Up’s economic strengthening projects in Odisha and Jharkhand in partnership with India’s National Rural Livelihood Mission (JSLPS and OLM). Like all of our participants, they will be given seed capital and training, and connect with other women in savings groups where they share advice in their peer groups and can access loans. The addition of a smartphone, however, means that women will have instant access to information about government schemes and market prices, along with training materials and other resources on demand.

 

Through this initiative, we will reach 1,000 participants with mobile technology in the next 2.5 years and develop a replicable model that can be scaled to reach 25,000 women. This is part of a commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative to ultimately reach 100 million women with mobile technology. While Trickle Up’s program has been proven to effectively help women living in extreme poverty build sustainable livelihoods, this project gives us an opportunity to explore ways that technology can play a role in improving and scaling the delivery of our program to more women in remote areas.

 

Project Objectives

  • Increase access to information for households living in extreme poverty to enable greater financial and social inclusion and sustainable livelihood development.
  • Increase the responsiveness and accountability of government and other providers to the needs of families living in extreme poverty by increasing their access to real-time data about these needs and strengthening households’ ability to provide feedback about services provided.

Project Data

Through focus-group discussions with participants and staff, we have determined which kinds of smartphone content and functionalities will best support the livelihood efforts of our participants. The selected areas of focus include mobile application-based guides (Package of Practices) on agriculture, livestock, and small business.

 

In the later stages of the project, information related to health, education, and access to government services will be provided.

Sundargarh and Balangir, Odisha, India
West Singbhum and Pakur, Jharkhand, India

Start Date: 10/1/2015
End Date: 9/31/2017

 

Number of Participants: 1,000

 

Vulnerable Populations

Women, Rural, Indigenous Groups, Extreme Poor, Ultrapoor 

 

Project Components

Stipend for Consumption Support, Asset Transfer, Coaching, Savings/Self-Help Groups (savings and credit services), Technical Livelihood Skills Training, Financial Literacy and Capability Training, Access to Formal Financial Services (savings and credit), Access to Insurance Services, Links to Government Services, Wage Employment, Access to and Training on Smart Phones and Mobile Applications

Our Partners

Next 3B is a catalyst for global change, building a platform for its partners to participate in shaping the future. It works to to accelerate and facilitate the positive impact that comes from connectivity in developing countries, driving action to create improvements in financial inclusion, education, and health for the world’s next 3 billion connected people. Trickle Up has been part of the Next 3B partnership since 2015. 

Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS) was formed as an autonomous society in 2009 within the Rural Development Department, Government of Jharkhand, India, to implement poverty reduction programs. Since 2011, JSLPS has implemented the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) in Jharkhand, which seeks to reduce poverty by enabling the poor households to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities, resulting in appreciable improvement in their livelihoods on a sustainable basis, through building strong grassroots institutions of the poor. Trickle Up has partnered with JSLPS since 2015. 

Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS) was formed as an autonomous society in 2009 within the Rural Development Department, Government of Jharkhand, India, to implement poverty reduction programs. Since 2011, JSLPS has implemented the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) in Jharkhand, which seeks to reduce poverty by enabling the poor households to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities, resulting in appreciable improvement in their livelihoods on a sustainable basis, through building strong grassroots institutions of the poor. Trickle Up has partnered with JSLPS since 2015. 

Self Employed Workers’ Association Kendra (SEWAK) is a grassroots organization in Sundargarh, Odisha, India whose mission is to educate rural and tribal communities on rights, generate among them awareness on health and environment, train them in entrepreneurial skills, and encourage them to find sustainable livelihoods. SEWAK has been a Trickle Up partner since 2006. 

Lokadrusti is a non-profit voluntary organization working for the development of the tribes in the Nuapada District of Odisha, India, since 1988. Lokadrusti aims to transform this region into a self-sufficient and sustainable area by promoting grassroots-level organizations. Trickle Up has partnered with Lokadrusti since 2007.