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Empowering the Poor through Rural Information Centers: What Works and What is Sustainable? World Bank December 2, 2002. eBay Foundation Proprietary & Confidential. eBay Foundation. Our Mission

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Empowering the Poor through Rural Information Centers:

What Works and What is Sustainable?

World Bank

December 2, 2002

eBay Foundation Proprietary & Confidential


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eBay Foundation

  • Our Mission

  • Established in 1998 by eBay, Inc., the World’s Online Market, the mission of eBay Foundation™ is to make investments that improve the economic and social well-being of our communities.

  • Vision

  • Our vision of the world is one where empowerment prevails - a world where people can overcome geographic, social, technological and economic barriers and fully participate in the benefits of the global economy


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Our Programs

  • We make investments in local, national and international organizations that work to make our vision of the world a reality.

  • We have four program areas in which me make investments. They are:

  • - Community Technology

    • Community Economic Development

    • Community Strengthening

    • Community Participation


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Flagship Community Technology Projects

  • United States - SeniorNet – SeniorNet's mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies.

  • Guatemala - Planet Outreach – Planet Outreach’s mission is to empower under-served people in rural communities by providing economic opportunity to Guatemala and other developing countries through the use of the Internet.


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San Pedro La Laguna

San Pedro La Laguna

is one of 12 ancient

Mayan villages

along the shores of

Lake Atitlan in South-

Western Guatemala

Its population is appx.

12,000


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Internet In Guatemala

  • In 1977 the first Guatemalan computer science department was started at Universidad de Valle

  • 30% - 50% of governments agencies have a working website and has sponsored several projects promote internet usage in Guatemala

  • In 2000, there were over 65,000 Internet accounts in Guatemala. This is around 3.5% of Guatemala's population (11.5 million).

  • San Pedro La Laguna has been left out of the global economy. Women spend time looming belts, clothing and textiles for which they are paid by piece.


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eBay in San Pedro La Laguna

  • Early eBay employee becomes acquainted with Bethel School

  • Computers are donated to create the village’s first computer lab

  • eBay employees make several visits to network computers, wires the school for e-mail and provide basic technology training for local villagers

  • Helps to develop plans to establish and run an internet café which would support the school and other community needs


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Bethel School

School Computer Lab & Students in Class


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Planet Outreach

  • Non-profit organization created to serve as umbrella organization responsible for telecenter/internet café operations.

  • Provides villagers with computer training and education for a nominal fee

  • Implements a baking/training program

  • Provides education for women in entrepreneurship

  • Redistributes to the community and Bethel School profits.


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The Telecenter / Internet Cafe

Exterior Interior


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Outcomes

  • Brings technology to San Pedro La Laguna

  • After seeing the first computer lab at Bethel School, other schools in nearby villages find ways to create their own computer labs

  • Planet Outreach has trained and employed six locals to be employees of the telecenter

  • A pilot to help local villagers sell goods online from Guatemala is underway

  • Five other internet cafes in San Pedro have been established


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