Making a real difference to developing countries, one Ding at a time! This is a collection of profiles of the female entrepreneurs who are being helped by the Oxfam Pink Phones Project which Ding is supporting this October at the Web Summit. We wanted to share their stories so you can see the impact Ding is making in their communities. www.ding.com
Kheang Sophan says the pink phones have had a profound impact on the women involved in the project. “The phones have changed the way the women think, enabling them to become more independent,” she says. “They have also brought to light cases of domestic violence which may have been undiscovered before.
With the Web Summit taking place in Dublin this week, we'd like to share some great examples of Oxfam's use of technology in our work to end poverty and injustice, thanks to your support. Read our latest blog post here: https://www.oxfamireland.org/blog/technology-changes-everything
The Pink Phones project in Cambodia, supported by Oxfam, distributes mobile phones to women in rural communities. It is part of a number of digital vision projects that aim to use the latest developments in technology to change the lives of people affected by severe poverty and injustice. For more information see - http://www.oxfamireland.org/sites/default/files/upload/pdfs/autumn-2014-oxfam-you.pdf
Son Phalla lives in a very poor, remote region of Cambodia. After years of having to walk miles to the doctor, Son Phalla can now ring them when her son is ill. “I feel very happy because I can help my neighbours improve their family life. I can help them save time and money. If other people’s children are sick they come to me and ask if I can call the doctor so that he can bring medicine. Once the child is recovered I am delighted that I could help.”
The pink phone project helps vegetable farmers like Phon Sarum to bargain & get the best price for their produce, increasing their family’s income. As one woman involved in the project explains: “…The texts help me to bargain the price with the middleman. If the middleman offers me a particular price, I will use the text message to show him the price in town.”
Chum Kor is one of 3 women to receive a pink mobile phone in her local area but the benefits the phones bring stretch wide enough to reach almost the entire community. “The benefits and money that I have gained from the pink phones project I use for my child. I buy stationary for her, books, pens, uniform for school... I also save some money for her to pursue a higher education in the future. I am really proud of myself.”