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Inveneo bringing broadband to developing countries


Author: Esha Chhabra
Coverage Type: reporting
Location:
Inveneo
972 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

Two years ago, when international aid groups rushed to help earthquake-ravaged Haiti, little did they expect that one of the greatest needs would be for an Internet connection. Tech-savvy social enterprise Inveneo, quickly recognized that connectivity would be key for these organizations to coordinate efforts. Within a week, and with the help of Ekta Foundation and Net Hope, Inveneo set up a network for relief workers to communicate and more efficiently deliver water, food, shelter and medical services. Google.org took note and supported Inveneo with a $182,000 grant as the group's workers stayed in Haiti to build a broadband network amid the destruction, partnering with Haitian technology companies and training local talent to maintain and service it after everyone left.

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