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Bridging the online
gender divide in rural India.

About Internet Saathi

In 2015, only 1 out of every 10 Internet user in rural India was a woman. Tata Trusts and Google came together to address this huge gender gap and introduced a digital literacy program, based on ‘train the trainer’ model. Women from villages are trained on using the Internet and are made equipped with data-enabled devices. These women are known as Internet Saathis and work as trainers, to help other women in their village to get started on their Internet journey and benefit from it. As of April 2019, there are more than 68,700 Internet Saathis who have helped over 25 million women learn about the Internet across 2,48,700 villages

Grassroots To Empowerment

25 million women.

248,700 villages. 18 states.

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From Saathis to Social Entrepreneurs

From Digital Literacy to Digital-Based Economic Opportunities

As we expanded Internet Saathi, the one common factor we discovered across the country was the enterprising nature of the women in the villages and their passion for positive change. This inspired us to work on a model facilitating digital-based livelihood opportunities for the Internet Saathis along with digital literacy to enable them to continue their positive impact on their community.
Foundation for Rural Entrepreneurship Development (FREND), a foundation promoted by Tata Trusts and supported by Google, will work as a vehicle for other like-minded organisations to leverage the power of the Internet Saathi network for socio-economic development of rural India. This would also enable sustainability for the Internet Saathi network, opening up avenues of economic opportunity for them.

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For more information please write to us contact@internetsaathiindia.org

In order to become an on-ground partner and help us reach our target of 248,700 villages, do get in touch with us contact@internetsaathiindia.org

Our toll free helpline: 1800 4199 977.