The Smart Village, located in Tumba Sector Rulindo District, Northern Province, has a population of 21,000 and an estimated 5,000 households.
The Smart Village Initiative aims to bridge the digital divide in rural Rwanda by bringing technological solutions and innovations to residents in order to enhance their daily lives, increase socio-economic opportunities and create jobs by increasing their access to ICT and services.
The pillars of the Smart Village are Digital Literacy, Financial Inclusion, Education, Connectivity/Electricity, Healthcare, Agriculture, Governance and Smart Markets.
Tigo Rwanda supports the Smart Village Initiative through the three pillars of Connectivity, Digital Literacy and Financial Inclusion.
“In order to support the three pillars, Tigo Rwanda invested in providing 3G and 4G connectivity to the 21, 000 Tumba Sector residents. Today, they are able to enjoy the fastest and most affordable Internet in the country”said Tigo Rwanda Deputy Chief Operating Executive, Chantal UmutoniKagame on the launch of the Tumba Smart Village
Working with suppliers, Tigoprovide subsidized handsets to residents. The feature phones and smart phones Tigo provides are the most affordable in Rwanda at the cost of Rrw6,000 and Rrw36,000 respectively.
“This shall ensure that as many people in this community are able to access handsets” she said.
Alongside our partners, our VAS (Value Addded Services) trainers are teaching residents how to utilize the Internet, thereby opening the digital world to them. Using our various Mobile Financial Services, residents can now enjoy Tigo Cash services such as Push and Pull, which allow them to move money to and from their bank accounts using their handsets,Umutoni reiterated
With Tigo’s Digital Saving Groups platform, they created a platform that allows unbanked local savings groups (Ibimina) to digitize.
“Now youth and women’s groups as well as cooperatives can enjoy the convenience of our MFS tools” she added.