Armed with laptops, blood-pressure monitors and pregnancy tests, the young women ride their bicycles to remote villages providing health, agricultural and IT services. They are known as “Infoladies,” and they are working to bring change to rural Bangladesh.
“I feel like a rockstar while passing through the village roads, as children clap when I pass them,” said 30-year-old Infolady Shahina Begum.
The program — launched by local not-for-profit Dnet to facilitate the broader dissemination of information technology in the country — has gained worldwide attention and may soon be replicated in other countries in Africa, Latin America and South Asia.
“An Infolady is an entrepreneur. They are innovative, and sometimes they come up with services that were very much in demand but not available,” said the head of the initiative, Laura Mohiuddin. “These women are also agents of change.”
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