The entrepreneurs of Smartpur are becoming the new age digital change makers; most of them have initiated small scale social interventions at their local village levels.
Indira, a social entrepreneur from village Asoor, is now a health-based community leader. She organises health camps with support from the foundation on a regular basis now. Her endeavours are benefitting the locals, especially women from her and the nearby villages.
On July 4, she organised a health camp that was attended by 32 women at the village Smartpur centre. The regular check-up is done by the block-level general physician with whom Indira has tied up for the cause onthly health camp. The camp was organised in partnership with Geomeo Informatics, that helps in creating dedicated digital infrastructure and ensures skill building. Geomeo is a knowledge partner with Smartpur and is implementing its digital innovations with support of wireless technology that can help villagers to measure and analyse the body vitals.
In a similar story at Chirala mandal, of Andhra Pradesh a unique dental medical health camp was organised by Smartpur staff and smart entrepreneurs on July 5 for the children of nearby villages. The camp was organised at the village Rangappaiduvaripalem primary school.
The women of Chinna Konduru village, Telangana, participated in multiple livelihood trainings on the themes that women of the village sought for – tailoring, beautician and office management. The trainings saw a total participation of total 34. At the same village, Srinivas, a new IT trainer at Smartpur centre, has initiated digital literacy classes from the month of July. He is eager to impart digital education to his class of seven dedicated school-going children, out of which three are girls.
Smartpur entrepreneurs or SmartPreneurs are spearheading programmes as awareness drives under Governance and Health pillars, WhatsApp – Fighting Fake News and WASH United’s Menstrual Health Implementation (MHM) respectively. 19 Smartpur entrepreneurs from 19 hub villages have joined hands together in their tirade against misinformation on social networking sites. For this, they went through a day-long digital training workshop which was organised by DEF. The pool of these trainers conducted awareness workshops, where steps to ensure privacy and safety & security along with ethics of using an online platform was told to people. It also talked about various features of private messaging channel WhatsApp, which has become one of the most commonly used mobile application these days and is synonymous to a smartphone for many people.
Down South, in the Kanchipuram district, a new centre at village Avalur was inaugurated on July 5. The entrepreneur mobilised his village community about the new centre that has opened avenues for people to access basic digital services as photocopy, print outs, lamination, bill payment facility, downloading of songs, online shopping facilities, ticket booking for travel etc.
While, Nuh Smartpur centre is moving forward along the governance pillar. The entrepreneur of one of the spoke village, Bainsi, organised government schemes linkage drives for addressing the beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojana the previous m0nth. Many people were able to apply for entitlements due to his efforts.
The entrepreneurs of Smartpur are transforming the village landscape by taking forward these initiatives and ensuring participation of community at every level.