Access to information, entertainment, and communication
facilities provided by SHS is the second biggest benefit. SHS increased the
opportunity to access information through watching TV and/or listening to radio
broadcast information, and provided better communication opportunities via
mobile phones and/or the Internet. Due to the high level of illiteracy
prevalent in rural areas, radio and television are the most effective means of
reaching rural inhabitants, and thus play an important role in socio-economic
development. The Internet has now made it possible to obtain and share
information, e.g., on education and health issues with local and international
organizations such as NGOs, farmers’ and women’ s organizations.
Such information tools can be very influential at spreading
important messages about new agricultural production ideas and techniques as
well as health, nutrition, family planning, and other social and cultural
issues. Studies also show that access to information can foster
entrepreneurship, by providing access to tools and market, reduce information
asymmetries and be up-to-date on current national and global affairs. Access to
such facilities can bring about changes in the lifestyle of rural people and eradicate
International development agencies and national development
partners are already experimenting with new information technologies and
electronic communication networks for rural development.
It is an integrated part of PowerSolar’s strategy to forge
the necessary partnerships for connectivity, to streamline internet services to
the rural population.