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  project name ~ Village Computer Kiosks - Final Installment

category ~ Women Empowerment

 
       

  

     

  Project Name

 

Village Computer Kiosks - Final Installment

  NGO

 

Mann Vikas Samajik Sanstha (MVSS)

  Category

 

Women Empowerment

  District

 

Satara

  State

 

Maharashtra

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 93550

 

  Year Approved

 

2008

 

 
 
 
 
 

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  Chapter Coordinators

 

Aparna Chidambaram

 

Portland

 

  Caption

 

 

Kiosk Operator and Soil Diagnosis Speicalist from State Agricultural Board in Baramati.

 

  Summary

 

 

MVSS intends to establish three pilot kiosk centers in Western Maharastra so that farmers can strategically plan and manage farming activities and wisely market their products. The services offered at the kiosk centers include the provision of the government-announced prices of various agricultural products, fertilizer and pesticide compliances and crop diagnosis.

To date MVSS has established 2 kiosks in Pusegaon and Pusesavali respectively. The third kiosk is being operated from Kulakjai.

The funding covers the purchase of all the hardware needed for the kiosk and includes the following:
Computer, monitor, UPS for use during electricity loss, fax machine, printer, scanner and telephone line.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

To date MVSS has established 2 kiosks: one each in Pusegaon and Pusesavali, Maharashtra. The third kiosk is in Kulakjai. The kiosks offer access via internet to sites listing Government quoted prices for different farm products. Farmers are also able to post their questions about pests, diseases etc on the site www.aaqua.org which has technical experts responding online to these questions. Kiosks also offer soil testing facilities for a fee. They have also conducted vermicomposting classes and veterinary camps for local and neighboring villages. To date, about 3200 people have taken advantage of these facilities in Pusegaon and about 2000 people in Pusesavali.

 

  Goals

 

 

1. Employment generation for women working as kiosk operators 2. Provide critical information regarding fair trade and access to capital with fair interest rate. 3. Fill the digital divide by providing access to the internet and its multitude benefits. Future programs include computer training for farmers.

 
 

  


 
 
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