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.