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Rwanda aims to collect 1m smartphones for poor families

Christian Fernsby |
Rwanda has launched a campaign to collect 1 million smartphones through donations to be distributed to poor families across the country.

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The campaign dubbed Connect Rwanda, which will run until March this year aims to increase Rwanda’s smartphone penetration, which is currently below 20%, according to officials.

Statistics from the Ministry of ICT and Innovation show that out of the 10 million Rwandans who have mobile phones, only around 1.6 million own smartphones.

Nearly 40,000 smartphones have so far been pledged under the campaign, which was launched at the end of December.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame is among those who have responded to the call with a pledge of 1,500 made in Rwanda smartphones.

“Smartphones should not be a luxury item. Let's challenge ourselves to make smartphones an everyday tool enabling all Rwandans to fulfill their potential,” Kagame said in a recent tweet.

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