CBC News Village Cellphone: Empowering Bangladesh

CBC News Village Cellphone: Empowering Bangladesh

In the early 1990s, Iqbal Quadir, a Bangladesh-born MIT professor and entrepreneur, had the idea that cellphones could be used to help the very poorest people. For Bangladesh, a densely populated country strangled by frequent natural disasters and a serious lack of infrastructure, Iqbal saw communication technology as an essential resource. His vision: to help village entrepreneurs, backed by micro-loans, establish cellphone leasing businesses that retail phone services to their surrounding communities.

  • 2008
  • 00:11:13
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
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