South Asia.

Share a story idea here (link opens in a new window)
  • Poor rural India? It’s a richer place by Anand Giridharadas

    The chasm between India’s flourishing cities and bleak rural hinterland is narrowing. ? Spread across 650,000 villages, with an average population of 1,100, rural villagers were long imagined by city dwellers as primitive, impoverished and irrelevant, something to drive past on the way to something else. ? That is no longer the case. ? A new prosperity is sprouting in rural India, with tens of millions entering the pressure-cooker-and-television-owning class and...

    Source
    International Herald Tribune (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • US-based semiconductor maker AMD said it would enter a joint venture with an Indian firm to sell personal computers for the same cost as cellphones. The company said it had joined with local technology firm HCL Infosystems to sell a personal computer for less than 10,000 rupees (220 dollars) to boost ownership in the nation of one-billion plus people with only 15 million users. That is in line with the cost of cellphones with a camera which retails for about 8,000 rupee...

    Source
    TodayOnline.com (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • Multichannel Satellite TV Pushes Into the Hinterland to Tap Huge Growth Market

    A satellite-television boom in India is finally pushing multichannel TV into its vast rural hinterland and opening a new commercial battlefield in one of the world’s biggest TV markets. Places like Lodra, a village of two thousand people and a few hundred mud huts, 700 kilometers north of here in Gujarat state, typify the new phenomenon. At dusk, hundreds of people routinely gather around a TV set propped on a wooden table in the village center. They will watch until early morning...

    Source
    The Wall Street Journal (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • $100,000 Development Gateway Award Goes to India’s eChoupal

    eChoupal , a program of ITC Ltd., of India, has been chosen from a group of 135 nominees as the winner of the Development Gateway Award 2005. The $100,000 award recognizes eChoupal?s impact in enabling millions of farmers in India to improve their livelihoods with access to information on growing and marketing their products. Read the What Works ...

    Source
    Development Gateway Press Release (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    South Asia
  • ITC expects agri unit to post 20% growth

    ITC Ltd expects its agri businesses division to see a 20 per cent growth in 2005-06. According to S Sivakumar , CEO, the division’s turnover stood at Rs 2,000 crore last fiscal. Story found here. The company’s supply chain project e-...

    Source
    Business Standard
    Region
    South Asia
  • Consortium plans computer kiosks for rural India, by Eric Auchard

    Supporters of the project say they hope the Karnataka pilot will become a blueprint for setting up similar rural business centers in each village kiosk. Comat is working to digitize rural land records in stats across India. India has an estimated 147,000 rural villages. We see this as the ’rural services’ blueprint for populations in developing nations everywhere, Kish said. The consortium is one of several Indian projects seeking to tackle ...

    Source
    Reuters UK
    Region
    South Asia
  • Developing a Household Energy Generating Plant, by Isaiah Esipisu

    With only three dairy cows, David Kanyutu, has not paid a cent for domestic fuel in the last 35 years because his animals have been able to provide him and a neighbour with the required energy. The cows are able to service a heavy duty domestic biogas plant which serves the family of ten living in a six-roomed house for cooking, lighting television and radio facilities and providing warmth to chicken incubators. David Kanyutu explaining how his biogas plant in Gitamayu, Ki...

    Source
    The Nation (Nairobi)
    Region
    South Asia
  • With Loans, Poor South Asian Women Turn Entrepreneurial, byt Cris Prystay

    Every morning, Sarjoni Nandyala puts a few bars of Unilever PLC’s Lifebuoy soap and sachets of Clinic shampoo in a canvas bag and sets off to sell them to her neighbors in this dusty farming village in southeastern India. For Mrs. Nandyala, who took out a $200 loan from a state-run microcredit agency to start her business, the work is challenging and the returns modest -- $16 a month is her average profit. But Hindustan Lever Ltd., Unilever’s Indian subsi...

    Source
    The Wall Street Journal
    Region
    South Asia
The Best of NextBillion in Your Inbox Each Week!
Subscribe to NB Notes for news, jobs & on-the-ground insights from the world of social business.
No Thanks
Thank you for signing up to receive the NextBillion Notes newsletter.
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
×
×