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Providing villages in rural India with health-related services and information

  • Company
  • Healthcare
  • India
  • 2006
  • Exited

The challenge

India’s 638,000 villages are home to more than 775 million people. Nearly half of this population survives on less than $1 a day. According to surveys, the average villager earns spends 80% of their income on subsistence items like healthcare, housing, and food.

The innovation

Drishtee builds service kiosks that provide access to Internet connections, consumer products, and critical community services. Offerings include computer education, English education, e-governance, health check-ups, and a wide range of consumer goods such as groceries, cosmetics, mobile phone recharge coupons, and rechargeable torches and batteries. Local entrepreneurs run the Drishtee kiosks.

The impact

Drishtee has a strong presence in three states – Assam, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh – and more than 14,000 entrepreneurs currently registered in the network.