Ekgaon: Focus on the People

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Jul 01, 2011
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Mobile coverage reaches over 90% of the world's population, but mobile services in traditionally rural, lower-income areas have lagged compared to opportunities in more urban areas. One company in India, Ekgaon, is tapping into the rural market by bringing financial, agricultural, and citizen-oriented mobile services to under-served regions. Vijay Pratap Singh Aditya, CEO of Ekgaon, explained to MobileActive.org how his company developed and evolved over the years. 

With a focus on under-served markets, Ekgaon partners with financial institutions, agricultural organizations, NGOs, and corporations to bring mobile services to those who need them. Users of the agricultural system receive personalized and customized soil nutrient management information and crop advice along with weather updates, market information, and alerts; users of the financial services use mobiles to manage savings, remittances, insurance, investments and mortgages; and citizen services allow users to monitor and report on the delivery of government programs.

Basic Information
Organization involved in the project?: 
Project goals: 

The goal of the project is to bring mobile services to previously unreached rural groups by focusing on creating technology for basic mobile phones (with a focus on SMS and IVR).

Brief description of the project: 

Ekgaon is a suite of mobile tools that the company incorporates into existing programs. The group creates financal, agricultural, and citizen-oriented tools (designed mostly as either SMS or IVR services) for an audience of primarily rural-based mobile phone owners.

Target audience: 

The target audience for Ekgaon is two-fold: 1. Low-income mobile phone owners who live in rural areas in South Asia; 2. Companies, NGOs, and other organizations that would like to use mobile services in their work with rural populations.


Detailed Information
Length of Project (in months) : 
What worked well? : 
  • The project has reached large numbers of users through its partnerships, and has found an audience that was eager to incorporate mobile technology into their financal and professional work.
  • Ekgaon also uses open-source solutions, and found that the open-source community has been a good resource for solving technology-related questions. 
What did not work? What were the challenges?: 

Ekgaon's main challenge are keeping costs low for their services, as their target audience is mostly poor, rural communities; since Ekgaon partners with other organizations in order to incorporate their tools into other programs, keeping costs down is a challenge.