Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Back from the Village

I got back early this morning from Bhoke, a small village in southern Maharashtra. It was a fantastic trip!

With Mangesh's help, I interviewed rickshaw drivers, shopkeepers, fishermen, and farmers about their use of mobile phones.

These fishermen talked about how if one boat caught a lot of fish, they would call their friends to come to the spot.

The number written on the wall of this shop is for a rickshaw driver. Drivers interviewed estimated that about 70% of other drivers now have mobile phones. They give their numbers to everyone, so now they can get pick-up requests. This increased income by about 1/3 according to one rickshaw driver.

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