Powering rural communities
Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Kenya
Athi Community Network is a non-profit social enterprise registered as a community based organization (CBO) that leverages digital technologies for socio-economic empowerment in rural and extreme low-income environments of Eastern Kenya such as Athi (A Market Centre in Meru County). Our mission is to empower rural communities for them to participate in the digital economy. We seek to help solve the day-to-day challenges through technology and impart technical skills to residents, so they can improve their livelihoods. Here at Athi Community Network we strive to create sustainable solutions through our various activities and programs.The Internet Society’s mission and vision are the philosophical basis for all our activities. Young mothers and girls are one of our main target groups.
As we continued with our journey to digitize rural and unreached regions of rural Kenya, we came across a neglected group. Teen Mothers, girls and women of all ages have been left behind in the digital revolution. Athi community network has enhanced its focus on women inclusion in information technology. We believe the internet is an enabler of other economic activities and that women should be part of developing and maintaining the core tech infrastructure. We believe that tech skills will enable women understand their rights and be able to earn a living with the multiplier effect being a stable and more equal society.
— Digital Skills Training
We train people of all ages basic to intermediary level computer skills regardless of their literacy levels or economic status. Girls and women are one of our main focus groups.
— Rural Broadband Internet
One of our main targets is improving the availability of high-quality, safe and affordable broadband services in underserved rural areas. It is an aspiration we are strongly pursuing.
— Web Applications
We strive to develop websites that are visually appealing and informative. The website pricing reflect the economic realities of our areas of operation.
— Green Technology
We promote use of sustainable energy generation technologies that help conserve the environment and natural resources to curb harm caused by negative human activities.
We believe in access to education for all. We strive to avail digital technologies for education purposes to the local community. Learners should be able to access educational curriculum outside the traditional classroom.
Agriculture is the mainstay of our area of operations. We promote adoption of the “internet of things” to better farmers’ production and distribution capabilities.
We came together to build and maintain the necessary infrastructure for Internet connection. Our Organization has identified and mapped out the technological needs of the communities where we operate. A segment of the population often overlooked in development matters is persons living with disabilities. To this end, we have partnered with Athi special school and helped them connect to the outside world. Our web Design team developed a Website for the institution at no cost and we are currently working on modalities on training staff members of the institution on ICT essentials. We intend to have all public institutions in our locality own a website even as we seek to provide the necessary internet infrastructure.
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Meet the Team
Carol has a background in information technology and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the group. She doubles up as the head of Human Resources.
Paul K. Kilongi
Paul is a Network Specialist and App Developer with more than a decade of experience. He is the group’s CEO and the overall coordinator of the group’s activities.
Linda is a trained accountant with over a decade of experience. She is in charge of all financial matters concerning the organization.
Ashly Kendi Marcelina
Media and Outreach
Ashly is the head of Media and is in charge of all communications from our organization. she is also in charge of our community outreach activities.
Cecilia is one of our Members.
Cecilia works at a local eatery as a cook, it is her main source of work being the sole bread winner. She is a mother of one and has been looking for ways to improve herself. Luckily she came across us during our routine interactions and she joined our volunteer trainee program. She’s has been attending a free course on computer packages and clerical training. .
A Ray of Hope — For Meru County Residents
Our Organization strives to reach rural residents of Meru county in Eastern Kenya and beyond. Anyone interested in gaining digital skills regardless of age or literacy level will now have no hinderance. Learning, food security and business will be enhanced thanks to affordable internet. Adoption of green technologies will further reduce environmental degradation.