Inspiring Stories

The stories in this page are of women whose lives have been changed by technology, including those who have been trained in digital literacy under this campaign. To share an inspiring story of your own, please write to us at We'd love to hear from you.

Yulia Korneyeva: Getting a second wind in her career through ICT

Yulia Korneyeva of Zheleznogorsk, Russia was 23 when she first learned to use ICT at a telecentre. Recently laid off and looking for a job, Yulia realized that although she had some basic computer skills, she lacked the necessary knowledge to apply for the positions she wanted. “Every job ad required proficiency in MS Office software, Outlook, other similar applications and other software,” she says, “That is why I started looking... Continue

Obonyo Celine Adhiambo: Reaching for her dreams

Obonyo Celine Adhiambo of Narobi, Kenya, fondly known as Molly to her friends, always wanted to be a receptionist. A former agent for M-Pesa, a mobile phone-based money transfer and microfinancing service in Kenya, she dreamed of working someday in an office of a big company. But without the money to afford a college degree, she knew her options were limited. That is, until a family friend informed her of a... Continue

Salamatu Yinyuy Sule: Bringing the World Closer

Salamatu Yinyuy Sule is Manager of the Jakiri Multipurpose Telecentre in the Republic of Cameroon. Her responsibilities are vast and include helping members of the community acquire ICT skills while raising awareness of the importance of digital literacy in schools. Salamatu is also carrying out a nation-wide Public Service Census online, a census of all state employees and civil servants in her country. She speaks at events like Cameroon National... Continue

Story of a Telecentre Woman/Entrepreneur: Kanlaya Karwsom, 37, Thailand

Before her work as a telecentre operator at the Prathat Ha Dung telecentre in the north of Thailand, Kanlaya was a single mother working as a gardener to support herself and her three children. To supplement her income, she would often wander around the community during any free time, taking on any odd jobs that could help her earn a living. In 2007, Kanlaya attracted the attention of the operator of... Continue

Story of a Telecentre Academy Student: Siti Huraizah Abdul Rahman, 33, Malaysia

Back in 2006, Siti was like any young professional working to earn a living. She worked as a lecturer for the private sector but described the job as doling out “small pay” and a contract that was “not stable”. “I needed to quit,” she said. Siti’s mother, wanting to help, informed her daughter of a vacancy announcement at the nearby Balik Pulau Telecenter. “I applied for the job, went to... Continue

18-year old out-of-school youth holds on to her dream of finishing school

On her third year in high school, Eileen was forced to stop attending school because of her family’s financial situation. Eileen was disappointed but resolved that she would not allow the situation to stop her from getting an education. Eileen enrolled in the Alternative Learning System (ALS), a free education program of the Department of Education of the Philippines, which caters to individuals who cannot afford formal schooling. Under the ALS... Continue

Struggle for a Better Life

In September 2010, Evgeniya, 32 years old, was among a group of people with disabilities who were about to receive training on Basic Computer and Internet Skills at the Navoi Resource Centre of the United Nations Development Programme. Commuting some distance to and from her house to the telecentre and going up to the second floor of the building to attend the trainings were quite a struggle for the single mother... Continue

ICT helps people to get dream jobs

Eskendir used to have zero knowledge on digital literacy. When her position at the methodologist department of G. Slanov Regional Scientific Library in Atyrau, Kazakhstan required her to use a computer, she had to seek for help from her colleagues. However, her constant request for assistance turned off some of her colleagues and Eskendir decided that there had to be some other way for her to cope with the demands... Continue

Internet is also for the visually impaired

From November 2009 to August 2010, Karla was a student of Sonsonate Connection Telecentre. She received trainings on Windows XP, Microsoft applications, internet, emails and other programs with the help of JAWS (Job Access With Speech), which is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by a Refreshable Braille display. “I no longer... Continue

First Step to a New Life

Ludmilla had always been apprehensive of computers. Which was why, with a vocational school diploma in hand, she settled for a low-paying job as a packer in a wholesale warehouse. But when her marriage failed and the financial support for her child was not enough, Ludmilla found the courage to do something about her career. Ludmila heard about the Tvoy Kurs Center in Tambov, Russia, from a friend who had taken a... Continue

A Light of Hope

Noura, 27 years old, used to spend her days sitting in front of her house and watching people pass by. She was kept in isolation because of her motor rehabilitation and physical disabilities. Listening to music used to be Noura”s only solace until she started training at Salamieh Telecentre in Syria and she felt something spark inside her. Soon Noura was mastering programs after being trained. “I have been lucky enough... Continue

Telecentres for Preservation of Culture, Harmony and Peace

Volume II, Issue 5, January – March 2009 Haldumulla is a Nenasala (telecentre) situated in Sri Sudharshanarama Viharaya, a Buddhist Temple in the misty hills surrounded by Tea estates, run by Murali Krishna, an energetic Tamil youth who has made it one of the finest Nenasalas in Sri Lanka, can be considered as a global example of preservation of culture, promotion of harmony and peace in society. The users are... Continue

Telecentres as Play Schools

Volume II, Issue 5, January – March 2009 Between 26 January and 01 of February 2009, organised the Community Facilitators Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. As a part of our meeting, we had the opportunity to visit one of the telecentres managed by Fundación Esplai. The telecentre is named as Club Infantil i Juvenil Bellvitge and it comes under the government telecentre network in Cataluña called Red Omnia, and it is... Continue

Telecentre for Disabilities: Bringing Hope Amid Despair

Volume II, Issue 5, January – March 2009 Telecentre for visually impaired Bassem Yazagi, a 25 years old man, has been suffering from severe blindness for some years and that was reflected on his psychology and manners. After making a visit to the Salameieh telecentre new vistas have opened up for him and surprisingly, his hopelessness has given way to new hopes and is now turning into a miracle. He underwent a... Continue

Nenasala (Telecentre) at Railway Platform: Innovative Location! Innovative Services!

Telecentre Magazine Volume II, Issue 6, April – June 2009 Strategically situated in Colombo Fort Railway Station, the hub of Sri Lanka’s railway system, Colombo Fort Nenasala is a short stroll away from government ministries and the country’s largest wholesale business district. The only one of Sri Lanka’s 599 Nenasalas licensed and custom designed to operate within a railway station, it is a beehive of social and commercial activity. “Operating the smallest... Continue

Telecentres as “ICT Access Commons”

Telecentre Magazine Volume II, Issue 6, April – June 2009 The “Commons” movement is steadily and consistently sweeping across the World Wide Web. The Commons or Common Property Resources (CPRs) as they are known in academic circle, are defined as a “community’s natural resources where every member has access and usage facility with specified obligations, without anybody having exclusive property rights over them”. The concept of Commons follows the famous socialist principle:... Continue

Shinyalu Community telecentre: Servicing the Communities

Telecentre Magazine Volume II, Issue 6, April – June 2009 Shinyalu Community Telecentre is situated in Shinyalu Division, around 8 km east of Kakamega town of Western Province in Kenya. It is a hive of activities attracting users ranging from tourists, researchers, the clergy, students and teachers, among many others. Having distanced its affairs uniquely from tribalism and politics, the centre provides free services to the ‘community’. The services include Internet access;... Continue

Telecentres For ‘First Communion’ Preparation

Andrea Rojas, Catalina Escobar Telecentre Magazine Volume III, Issue 9, April – June 2010 In order to make the preparation for the ‘First Communion’, a Catholic tradition, an enjoyable experience for the children, Andrea Rojas Cartagena has discovered an innovative use of telecentre. At the telecentre, the children are invited to strengthen human values and learn about religious Commandments. They are encouraged to search the Internet for getting information on these topics. Thereafter,... Continue

Nenasakmana:Telecentre on Wheels

Gavashkar Subramanium Telecentre Magazine Volume III, Issue 9, April – June 2010 The ‘Nenasakmana’ mobile telecentre introduced by Sooriyawewa Nenasala (telecentre) is an innovative solution to reach remote rural areas with poor Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and no Internet facilities. The so called “mobile telecentre”- a small van-sized lorry incorporating four laptop computers powered by a solar panel and with connectivity provided through a HSPA/3G modem is an ideal solution... Continue

From home worker to telecentre CEO

Saiyud was the head of the Homeworkers Groups of Samutprakarn province in Thailand, which creates products by recycling waste materials from surrounding factories in the rural community. In 2008, Saiyud participated in the ICT4D for Home Workers program provided by the country’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and the Research Center of Communication and Development Knowledge Management (CCDKM). Studying at the Bangprieng ICT Telecentre located near her house,... Continue

Finding a Job Thanks to Get Online Week

A trained nurse with ten years of working experience in the field, Zhanna from Moscow was looking for a career change with more administrative duties and a better pay. There were several administrative vacancies in private clinics, but along with a medical degree, every employer required good computer and Internet skills which Zhanna did not have. Wishing to remedy the situation, Zhanna began asking around for possible solutions. One of her... Continue

New window of possibilities for a full visually impaired woman

Irena, 29 years old, was first introduced to the screen reader in 2005 by Open the Windows, a Macedonian NGO based in Skopje, which is a service center for persons with disabilities. Irena learned to use a computer and internet with the help of a special educator and an IT specialist. When she graduated, her parents bought her a laptop, which, to this day, she still considers the best gift... Continue

Retired teacher reconnects with former students through social networking

When Mercie was still teaching in a small province in the Philippines, she would ask her children and some of the younger teachers working in their school to type in data and do a little research for her. She thought that she was too old to learn how to use the computer. All that changed when Mercie discovered the world of social networking through a former student working at a telecenter.... Continue

From domestic worker to outsourcing agent

Verginia started working as a domestic helper in June 2007 when she was only 21 years old. She reminisces that she was happy with her work back then and that she was treated like a member of the family. But her employer, a telecentre manager who saw potential in the young worker, asked Verginia to be involved in one of the center’s ICT projects, requiring her to use the computer. “I... Continue

Earning diplomas through ICT

Nancy of Leyte, Philippines, had no formal schooling at all. With her husband, a carpenter and a brood of ten, life for the thirty-eight year old seemed at a dead-end. Then she discovered the Tanuan eSkwela (eSchool Telecentre). Throwing herself into learning to use computers and driven to pass the Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency Test offered by the government, Nancy succeeded in earning certificates of learning achievement equivalent to... Continue

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