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Mobile Connections to Promote Women’s Economic Development

What happens when the world’s poorest women have a wealth of information at their fingertips? In 2015, Trickle Up began testing that hypothesis by putting the power of mobile phones into the hands of 1,000 women in India who strive daily to overcome conditions of extreme poverty and vulnerability.

Trickle Up launched the MPOWERED (Mobile Connections to Promote Women’s Economic Development) project with Tata Communications and the state branches of the National Rural
Livelihoods Mission in Odisha and Jharkhand. Our shared goals were to improve the lives and livelihoods of some of India’s poorest families and generate valuable lessons for Trickle Up as we enter our next phase of expansion and product enhancement for MPOWERED.

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