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.
We believe that the internet is an enabler of activities that promote social progress, economic empowerment and innovation for all, including those who live in rural and deprived regions. More..
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.
CONNECTING THE UNCONNECTED
Capacity Building Project
Supporting Community-led Approaches to Addressing the Digital Divide: Micro-Organisation Work Implementation for Community Networks Project. 28 November 2022- 27 January 2023.
— 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.
— Digital Art
We create visual content to communicate ideas and messages. We believe that graphic design is a form of art and expression where we strive to develop digital content that is visually appealing and informative.
— 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.
Meet our partners
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.
Meet Cecilia Nambui
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. 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 is now a competent clerk.
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.