Monthly Archives: April 2010

Mud Huts to Mobile Tech

The number of mobile users in Africa is now over 300 million, equivalent to the entire population of the US. The cost of a basic mobile phone plus sim card can be as low as Ksh 1500 or $20. As I realized from staying with a family in Ganze town, Kilifi district, most families own a cell phone, a wildly improbable thing if you consider that they grind their own flour using hand-held stone mills, cook their food over an open fire and live in mud-and-makuti (grass thatch) homes.

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