A computer services industry can go a long way towards improving living standards in Uganda. New internet infrastructure is opening up opportunities for those living in nearly every corner of the country. Our “Connect Uganda” project uses the internet to provide information relevant to different regions, in local languages, helping educate community members in areas such as healthcare and agriculture. Using efficient low powered laptops and tablets running on solar power, we have created an information network with free community access through our partner libraries. Promoted effectively, this network can help increase quality of life for all.
Through a grant awarded by Electronic Information For Libraries (EIFL), we piloted this project in 2012/2013. We worked with five community libraries across Uganda: installing solar power and laptops in five different language speaking communities, and providing localized agricultural information to each location.