US$2.00raised of $20,000.00 goal
Many rural and urban poor residents miss out on the opportunities brought about by the internet due to lack of connectivity or expensive data. For the internet to also be truly beneficial, it has to be free- no censorship and affordable. The concept of community Networks is where communities come together and setup internet infrastructure which they own and manage, it is internet for the community by the community. All members of the community regardless of education or any other consideration participate in running of this internet service.
Tucked in the foothills of an imposing Nyambene forest is Athi market, a rural setting surrounded by lush tea plantations and forest cover. Athi community network was formed in Athi market to bridge the digital divide in rural eastern Kenya (Meru county). We seek to provide affordable and low cost internet free from censorship.
We have been equipping our members most of whom are not technicians with the relevant skills to run such a venture. We seek to leverage the internet to bring social-economic change in areas such as education, employment(online work), agriculture, healthcare(tele-medicine), environment and civil rights.
One of our target groups is the teen mothers and other women who are particularly vulnerable to poverty. We seek to provide residents with marketable skills, access to financial services through fintech, quality healthcare through tele-medicine, promote use of green technologies and tech driven agriculture.
The project is ambitious and costly, we are require $20,000 as seed capital to enable us set up a data center(complete with servers,routers and switches), operations hub and office equipment,communication towers, skills transfer training and a high throughput backhaul. We have started operations with limited resources but our impact is slowly being felt. We are looking for partners to help us achieve this noble objective and participate in the technological revolution of our region.
Our Network will use the 2.4 GHz and 5.8GHz unlicensed spectrum with three main layers: core, distribution and access. The core layer will be a Wi-Fi network backbone, as well as a data centre, responsible
for hosting the e‑learning platform, open agriculture resources ,
a school management system and health resources system.
For more information please visit our website at
Connecting the Unconnected in Rural Eastern KenyaUpdate posted by Cecilia Nambui at 02:24 pm
Help us set up internet infrastructure for the under-served in rural eastern kenya