Credit scheme targets rural areas

31 Jan 2008

According to, the Rwandan government has launched a credit scheme of one mobile phone per household aimed at increasing teledensity in rural areas. Via the initiative, which has already started in Musanze District, the cost of a mobile handset has been slashed in half to RWF13,000 (USD25) and can be paid for under a relaxed credit method enabling a person to own the phone and pay only RWF1,000 per month over a period of 13 months. Over 53,000 handsets have so far been dispatched to 15 out of 30 districts. Celestin Karabayinga, the mayor of Musanze District, described the initiative as milestone in rural development. He has appealed to the suppliers to raise the number of phones to meet the increased demand as a result of fruitful agricultural harvests in the Northern Province.