i-genius member Farquhar Kohtrad is creating a hub
The Kohtrad Silk Project, a social enterprise that helps silk producers sell their goods online, has begun the first phase of building a community internet hub in the rural Thai village where many of the silk products are made. The hub is being funded by sales of silk shirts and silk scarves with 100% of the profits from sales being invested.
The purpose of the idea is about keeping profits that a business makes in the area where the business operates, instead of off shoring the profits elsewhere. This means that not only do the silk weavers benefit from the extra income they receive from selling their products online, but the profit made from the project is also used to benefit their community.
One thing that is lacking in the small Thai village in the area of Si Saket where the silk products are made is access to the internet. In this day and age for any village, hamlet, town, school where ever they may be not to have access to internet seems bonkers. The internet is a great tool for battling poverty as it can provide information, and also create opportunities for communication and commerce.
Read Farquhar Kohtrad’s interview: http://i-genius.org/member/profile_interview.php/id/3559