The Printernet Project is a intiative an initiative of the Global Study of Social Enterprise, 501c3.
A Printernet Cafe combines the power of the Internet with the power of Print to create a congenial publishing and learning center. Step one is installing a village wifi and two computers. Once installed GSSCE supplies real time coaching via Facebook and Facebook Messenger.
In 6 months the Printernet approach has worked with village leaders to establish solar powered wifi in villages in Malawi, Uganda and Burundi.
The Cafe in Nyarushanje, Uganda started with solar powered wifi, two computers and two months telecom charges. Today it has seven computers, an internet connected TV, and a small printer in a comfortable environment in a rented space.
It now makes a profit of $500+ a month by charging 25 cents an hour for cyber time, $19 for a three week course in computer skills as well as well as serving coffee and printing copies.
The profits of the cafe are earmarked to fund a micro loan program managed by the cafe. As of August, 6 micro-loans have been given to a bricklaying company, a furniture builder, and chicken farmer, among others.
Printernet - Nyarushanje, Uganda led by Atwongyeire Joseph, is raising $12,500 for Greening Uganda. Greening Uganda is a registered Community Based Organization. They are on the road to planting 1,000,000 fruit trees in their village.
In 2017, Greening Uganda planted 200,000 fruit trees in the wet season that started in September and the beginning of December. If we raise the total amount they will plant 300,000+ this wet season.
Contributions are tax deductible. Donors will receive a tax receipt via email in a few minutes after making a contribution.
Each day of planting costs $125 and 240 hours of donated labor by 30 volunteers. We are raising $125 a day for 100 days to plant 200,000 trees this wet season. Time is limited. Any size contribution helps.
All contributions are tax deductible.
A day of planting requires renting a truck to move seedlings and villagers to the planting site. Renting a truck costs $41.
A day of planting needs 240 of volunteer labor. It costs $2.80 for each of 30 volunteers for food and transport back to their homes.
In May, 2018 the Printernet Project invested $1200 in Atwongyerie Joseph the founder and leader of the Greening Uganda to start up a Printernet Cafe.
Atwongiere Joseph, 35, earned a certificate in Environmental Management and a Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Bishop Stuart University. Instead of staying in the city, he went back to Nyarushane, his village 7 hours travel time from Kumpala.
The PrinterNet Cafe - Nyarushanje
It is a place where villagers can access the web, print out pages, see the best techniques for agriculture. It is now becoming a vocational training community center in the village. The first program teaches computer skills.
Furniture was built by a carpenter in Nyarushanje.
The PrinterNet Cafe uses the profits to give micro loans to the enterpreneurs in Nyarushanje.
Agaba Gregory received a 300,000 Uganda shilling loan. ( $80 USD ) to take his brick building business to the next stage.
He spent 65,000sh for a furnace, 85000 for firewood, 150000 for labor and materials. In one and a half months, he made his first sale, 3500 bricks were sold for 145,000 sh. $82.50 USD. He has firm orders to supply bricks for a school being built in another village.
Other micro loans went to Mucunguzi Joshoa to work with the brick building enterprise. Owembabazi Patiance to raise chickens and Orishaba Bena to grow and sell vegetables.