“To support people living in rural communities in Africa in improving their livelihoods by bringing to them income generating services through sustainable and affordable access to high-speed Internet”.
“To be the leading provider of information exchange and employment services focused at adding value and creating a trusted brand for people at the base of economic pyramid”.
SINFA (Stichting Internet Now Foundation for Africa) was established in Uganda in 2013 as a result of the Internet Now! Project managed by Oxfam Novib. It is a for-profit social enterprise that addresses socio-development needs of local communities. It is also one of the fastest growing companies in northern Uganda offering a unique set of services with the overall objective of providing employment and income generating services in the rural communities across Africa through affordable and sustainable access to high speed Internet.
Specifically in northern Uganda, SINFA uses a demand-driven and market-oriented approach to improve livelihoods through engagements with the government and the private sector to promote significant enhancement of sustainable information and communication technologies as well as agricultural sector interventions for the benefit of rural communities. It is able to achieve this through an elaborate Wi-Fi network of interconnected community centers; 20 centers in the districts of Adjumani, Amuru, Gulu, Moyo and Nwoya. Sophisticated activities are planned to extend more of such centers in the districts of Agago, Kitgum, Lamwo and Pader. The centers have special containers which are solar powered, fully furnished; each equipped with 10 computers and connected via high speed wireless Internet.
Since inception, SINFA has rolled out services that directly and indirectly provide employment opportunities in the area of Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), very affordable and high speed Wireless Internet Services provision (Zoom – Wireless) based on a national voice and data license, as well as agricultural information access through a commodity resource platform (Oction X).
Regarding BPO, SINFA has the capacity to handle projects originating from both local and international markets; particularly in the international space, there are diverse engagements with clients from the American and European markets and this is a result of their confidence in the enterprise’s highly efficient and reliable operations. To date, 600 youths have directly earned a livelihood by providing labor in micro work. Another approximately 1500 people have also benefited as dependents of the micro workers.
By end 2015, SINFA intends for at least 500 youth to have been employed in micro work, 5000 people in remote villages having received basic IT training and are computer literate, 7200 farmers making use of the commodity resource platform and 1000 visitors a week making use of affordable Internet access via the community centers .
In the long run it is the ambition of the enterprise and the project in general to expand the business and network beyond the northern districts, to other regions of the country and other African countrie
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