Challenge: Poverty & the Digital Divide

  • Too many people are uneducated, hungry, and poor. The right information and tools could improve their lives, but the digital divide prevents this​.
  • 3.4 billion people are not using mobile internet, despite living in areas with coverage​.
  • Rural residents of sub-Saharan Africa are 60% less likely to use mobile internet than urban residents.
  • Restricted access to tech contributes to reduced agriculture productivity and educational attainment​.

Solution: Trusted Tech Partnership

  • Opportunity International, the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue and our partners are working to alleviate poverty and bridge the digital divide through country-specific strategies and business plans.​
  • Our tech partners contribute globally scaled technology platforms and solutions.
  • Our government partners provide co-funding​.
  • Opportunity International and Krach Institute leverage trusted networks to train farmers, business owners, and entrepreneurs in technology platforms and solutions.


A new partnership between Opportunity International, the global leader in deploying business solutions to fight poverty, and the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, the preeminent global authority for advancing freedom through the adoption of trusted technology, offers a new way to empower microentrepreneurs to earn income, gain confidence in trusted technology, and improve the quality of life for their families and communities.​ ​

Together with other government and private sector partners, Opportunity International and the Krach Institute are building a world where all people can achieve a dignified life free from poverty and tyranny.

Why Now?

Three levels of simultaneous tech innovation provide a new opportunity…​


Cloud-Based Services

  • Biometric authentication
  • Geospatial imaging​
  • AI / ML​
  • Voice recognition

Middleware & Platforms

  • Communications
  • Video training
  • Encrypted transactions
  • Block Chain

Smart’Phones & Devices

  • Apps to bind services
  • Geospatial capability
  • IoT / sensors​
  • Image capability

Enabling Rural Farmers Like Faustina to Improve Their Lives

Occupation: Rural Farmer Location: Nigeria Devices: Feature Phone Marital Status: Married with 3 children
I need to provide more for my family, and a safe place for my money.

Faustina is a rural farmer with no formal education. Her farm is the main source of food and revenue for her family. She wants to grow & earn more, but needs education. She wants to borrow for inputs for the farm and for her kids’ education, but money is scarce. She distrustful of banks and has no bank account.
The Trusted Tech Microfinance Initiative is designed to empower Faustina with the information, connections and funding she needs to help herself and her family.