Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. Mobile technologies are literally breaking down barriers – geographic, socio-economic, educational and cultural – that have historically obstructed progress in developing countries. To date, Wireless Reach has collaborated with more than 450 stakeholders on over 100 projects in 40 countries, and has benefitted nearly 8 million people.
Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ and Hapinoy have partnered in creating the Hapinoy Mobile Money Hub project in the Philippines, a program that provides participating Nanays (Tagalog for “Mother”) with mobile literacy training, access to capital via micro financing institutions, and new business opportunities using advanced wireless technologies. The project empowers Nanay microentrepreneurs to become Mobile Money Agents, allowing them to generate additional income by providing reliable remittance service in their local neighborhoods. Qualcomm has contributed primary funding for the project, along with project management support and wireless technology expertise.
In Malaysia, Qualcomm, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Tune Talk Mobile Prepaid and the Foundation for Women’s Education and Vocational Training joined forces to enhance womens’ skills and knowledge in business and technology through the Mentoring Women in Business Program. The program provides participants with business training along with a mentorship program that empowers and encourages women entrepreneurs. By the end of 2014, 150 women entrepreneurs have completed the intensive ICT, business, and English training, and received a tablet and data plan.