CLIP: Since I work with craftsmen in rural India, the applicability of mobile innovation, and the changes it could bring in my field about seem almost limitless.
1. Craft services – this service could actually tie up with either a Dastkar, Dastkari haat – these are NGO’s that work with several groups of craftswomen across India. These NGO’s could be providers of information on the different products available in their regions. A mapping device associated with this service could be used by the network of entrepreneurs, buyers and artisans to update product availability and nature of skill.
2. NGO services – this could go beyond just remunerative work – but area wise give updates on different NGOS working in the region, the dev. work ongoing their links and contacts
* Textile services
* Updates of yarn prices – cotton,wool, silk,
* Textile activities in different areas
* Information on the NGO’s involved as well
3. Now a thought on how a phone could help the artisans -
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"The growth is mostly driven by first-time subscribers as networks continue to expand beyond major urban areas, as well as the increase in data usage and higher-end services brought on by 3G.
According to Amin, mobile usage in these growing markets will continue to be dominated by voice and basic text messaging services. "Although 3G will be making its entry into many of these markets, it will be some years still before 3G services become commonplace," said Amin. "