Women take videos to Bangladeshi villages on their bicycle

Infoladies from iSocial will soon cycle throughout rural Bangladesh equipped with quality training videos hosted on the Access Agriculture video-sharing platform. The new partnership will add an exciting dimension of South-South rural learning to the diverse services already provided by these enterpreneurial women.

On 15 October 2017 Access Agriculture and iSocial signed a Memorandum of Understanding in a ceremony held at the iSocial Office in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

iSocial Infolady Social Enterprise Limited or 'iSocial' is a for-profit social enterprise of DNet, the pioneer NGO for ICT and knowledge management for development in Bangladesh.

 

The Infoladys, recently renamed as Kallyani in Bangladesh, are women entrepreneurs who visit villages on their bicycle equipped with a tablet connected to the internet. They are part of a rural network providing products and services at community level in the field of agriculture, health, adolescent girls and information.

The dynamic Infolady entrepreneurship model has won numerous awards for making a visible impact on the lives of the people in rural communities.

Under this agreement, iSocial will add the rich library of quality farmer-to-farmer learning videos hosted on the Access Agriculture video-sharing platform to its portfolio of services.

Through partnership and support from the ICT Division of the Bangladesh Government, iSocial plans to deploy 10,000 Kallyani’s throughout the country by the end of 2021.

In collaboration with Access Agriculture, iSocial’s last mile delivery model strengthened with quality training videos will be rolled out across Bangladesh, Nepal, Tanzania and Haïti.

Dr Paul Van Mele, chairman of Access Agriculture, and Dr Ananya Raihan, Chief Executive Officer of iSocial, signed the MoU in the presence of iSocial senior management and team members, and Dr Ahmad Salahuddin, South Asia Coordinator of Access Agriculture.

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