LOCATION: Choma, Southern, Zambia | PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2015
- IEEE Zambia Section
- University of Zambia
PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES
In rural southern Zambia, where families and entire communities depend on subsistence farming to survive, the lack of telecommunications service had been an ongoing barrier to developing a stronger, more vigorous economy. This is why a pilot project to provide the village of Chikanta with basic, low-cost telephone access was a vital first step in planting the seeds to help improve local conditions.
It all began when representatives from the IEEE Zambia Section contacted Macha Works, a Non-Governmental Organization with a distinct mission: To provide community-based solutions to economic problems and encourage young people to develop their talents and skills so they have local employment opportunities. While benefiting from their own education, these young “local heroes” simultaneously help to encourage and nurture a much-needed rural economic infrastructure.