Tigo Rwanda has partnered with the Ministry of Information, Technology and Communications, to launch the Tumba Smart Village Initiative.
Located in Tumba Sector in Rulindo, the Smart Village has a population of 21,000 and an estimated 5,000 households.
The Smart Village Initiative aims to bridge the digital divide in rural areas by bringing technological solutions and innovations to residents in order to enhance their lives, increase socio-economic opportunities and create jobs by improving access to ICT and services. The pillars of the Smart Village are Digital Literacy, Financial Inclusion, Education, Connectivity/Electricity, Healthcare, Agriculture, Governance and Smart Markets.
Tigo Rwanda’s support concerns Connectivity, Digital Literacy and Financial Inclusion.
“In order to support the three pillars, Tigo Rwanda invested in providing 3G and 4G connectivity to the residents. Today, they are able to enjoy the fastest and most affordable Internet in the country,” said Tigo Rwanda deputy CEO Chantal Umutoni Kagame. “Working with our suppliers, we are providing subsidized handsets to residents. The feature phones and smart phones we provide are the most affordable in Rwanda at a cost of Rwf 6,000 and Rwf 36,000 respectively. This shall ensure that many people in this community are able to access handsets.”
“Alongside our partners, our Value-Addded Services trainers are teaching residents how to use the Internet,” she added. “Using our Mobile Financial Services, residents can now enjoy Tigo Cash services such as Push and Pull, which allows them to move money to and from their bank accounts using their handsets. With our Digital Saving Groups platform, we created a platform that allows unbanked local savings groups (Ibimina) to digitize. Now youth and women’s groups as well as cooperatives can enjoy the convenience of our MFS tools.”