A recent article from The Atlantic describes the role of mobile phone technology in the transformation of Indian agriculture. Though it may sound like an odd couple of old and new tech, several social innovators have looked toward the potential of mobile phones to tackle long-standing social issues. Check out a handful of the Ashoka Fellows working with mobile technology, several of whom are employing models that elevate the importance of rural life:
Brian Richardson, South Africa
Brian Richardson is enabling South Africa’s poorest to become full economic citizens through the use of cell phone banking technology. When Brian formally launched his program, WIZZIT, in 2003, it was the first mobile banking model of its kind in South Africa and now has a customer base of more than 250,000 account holders.
Vijay Pradap Singh, India
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