Inveneo Nigeria Archives

MVP Ikaram, Nigeria

  1. Posted by Inveneo on December 1, 2008 in the categories: Economic Development, News

The Millennium Villages are proving that by fighting poverty at the village level through community-led development, rural Africa can achieve the Millennium Development Goals — global targets for reducing extreme poverty and hunger by half and improving education, health, gender equality and environmental sustainability — by 2015, and escape the extreme poverty that traps hundreds of millions of people throughout the continent.

Simple solutions like providing high-yield seeds, fertilizers, medicines, drinking wells, and materials to build school rooms and clinics are effectively combating extreme poverty and nourishing communities into a new age of health and opportunity. Improved science and technology such as agroforestry, insecticide-treated bed nets, antiretroviral drugs, the Internet, remote sensing, and geographic information systems enriches this progress. Over a 10-year period spanning two five-year phases, community committees an d local governments build capacity to continue these initiatives and develop a solid foundation for sustainable growth.

Currently 500,000 people in 14 different sites in 10 countries are part of the project. Each cluster site is located in a distinctagro-ecological zone which together, represent the farming systems used by 90% of the agricultural population of sub-Saharan Africa. (description courtesy of the MVP website)

Inveneo Empowering the Hajj in Nigeria

  1. Posted by Inveneo on September 17, 2008 in the categories: Government, News, Projects, Uncategorized

For Nigerian Muslims, the Hajj is a very special event. An annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj is one of the seven pillars of Islam and an obligation that every able-bodied Muslim should complete at least once in their life.

Nigeria’s government helps its Muslim citizen experience Hajj through its Pilgrim’s Board — an agency that facilitates trips for both Muslims and Christians to visit Mecca and Jerusalem respectively. Each year, the Pilgrim’s Board sends thousands of Muslims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj.

Typical paperwork for pilgrimsIn order to get this many people to the Hajj, the Pilgrim board must work through a visa process that requires Excel spreadsheets feeding into a Oracle database file running on the server, that is then sent to Saudi Arabia. Inveneo Certified ICT PartnerAurora Wireless, installed eight Inveneo Computing Stations and two Inveneo Communication Stations at the Pilgrim Board offices in Niger State.

This innovative technology backbone has increased the efficiency of the Piligrim’s Board, showcasing how Inveneo solutions improve communications across Africa — even spiritual communications.

Inveneo computers turn a loss into a profit in Nigeria

  1. Posted by Inveneo on July 30, 2008 in the categories: Economic Development, Education, News, Projects

In BayanLoco, a peri-urban slum of Kafanchan, Nigeria, one organization — Fantsuam Foundation — is working to empower women and other members of this underserved community find jobs and income to meet their needs. As part of its mission, Fantsuam offers ICT skills training to local youth, who often have little — if any — opportunity to learn basic employment skills that can mean the difference between success and a life in poverty.

Before deploying Inveneo computers in March of 2008, Fantsuam had traditional computer labs where donated computers ran unprotected software. The combination of unreliable and expensive power, rampant viruses, and inexperienced users often made the lab inoperable. Not only did the downtime reduce Fantsuam’s ability to offer much-needed training services, but the computer lab also became an overall drain on its resources and finances.

Learning to use computersAfter switching to Inveneo Computing Stations running Ubuntu Linux, powered by deep-cycle marine batteries that are recharged through solar panels, Fantsuam is achieving a whole new level of impact. Now the computer lab has significantly more up-time thanks to easier-to-maintain computer systems and a more reliable and cost-effective energy solution. And the solar-power solution has reduced Fantsuam’s fuel bill for their diesel generator by 35 percent.

Today Fantsuam is able to offer more ICT skills classes on their schedule, not when power is available. Enrollment has jumped 57 percent to an all-time high. In addition to lowering the costs for each class by requiring less energy (plus using solar power) and requiring dramatically less support, the students now have a better and more stable learning environment, which gives them greater confidence with computers.

dusty solar panelsBy lowering the cost of ICT training classes, Fantsuam has taken a financial drain and turned it into a revenue generator. And the new revenue stream allows Fantsuam to expand its training and order ten more Inveneo systems.

Fantsuam was so impressed with the difference that the organization became decided to go though the certification process to become a local Inveneo Certified ICT Partners in order to is roll out more Inveneo-based ICT training centers in its service area.