SBK Foundation

Empowering Rural Communities with Technology

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About SBK

SBK Foundation is a not for profit organization run by women which seeks to empower rural communities through technology in Bangladesh and South Asia.

What we do

Rural communities often lack access to basic health, financial, legal and other crucial services due to poor infrastructure and insufficient resources. We provide the required digital tools and skills to ensure that the basic needs of these rural citizens are met.

Our mission is to build digitally inclusive societies which provide technology access for all, contribute to a Digital Bangladesh and play a small part in moving underdeveloped nations to technology advanced countries.

Women’s Empowerment Network (WEN)

This platform aims to unite women from all walks of life and stand in “soulidarity”.
COVID-19 is hurting women badly both in urban and rural areas of Bangladesh.
WEN pledges to provide immediate relief now - Food Security during COVID-19 lockdown AND also Financing for Future Sustainability post COVID-19 lockdown (focus on tech).
Some of us have the ability to make a difference to the UNSEEN, the UNHEARD and the UNSUNG. Women from all walks of life are urged to come forward.
WEN: Stand in ‘Soulidarity.’


WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT NETWORK (WEN)

WEN Aims To

Reach marginalised women in need.
Reach a mother, a daughter, a sister.
Reach a woman with a disability, a widow, an orphan.
Reach a woman, help a family.

Target Communities

Day wage earners (Garos) & Refugees of bangladesh (Rohingyas)
Tribal women ( Chittagong Hill Tracts )
Micro / small business women
Garment workers

Partners

Naripokkho, Dhaka
Welfare Efforts (WE), Jhenaidah
Program for Women Development (PWD), Sirajganj
Ananya Kallyan Sangathon (AKS), Bandarban
Kabidang, Khagrachari
Sampari (SGI), Khagrachari

Payment Details

Call for Action

Each One, Reach One
Donate BDT 1500 (USD 20)/woman/month.

For donations:

1) SBK Foundation - Bkash Merchant account: +880 17 5275 6310

2) SBK Foundation - Islami Wallet Merchant account: +880 19 7304 6192

3) SBK Foundation - The City Bank Account Number: 1402675244001 Routing No : 225261732

Tech Hubs

We have established 64 Tech Hubs
one in each of the 64 districts of Bangladesh


Why Tech Hubs

Digital Literacy

To provide digital literacy through technology access, training and education

Access

To connect rural with urban and global by closing knowledge and skills gaps

Ecosystem

To develop an ecosystem through the digital transformation of local communities

How the Tech Hub Ecosystem Works

Each Tech Hub is managed by a tech-savvy entrepreneur who is provided laptops, a printer, scanner, copier and router, as a grant.

Our Data Science team helps the Tech Hub managers collect data about the needs and challenges of rural citizens.

Tech Hub managers then connect rural citizens to various startups which offer citizen services that need their specific needs and address their challenges.

The startups partnering Tech Hubs are: Dmoney (FinTech), Dokkho (EdTech), Pulse (MedTech), Uqeel (Legal Tech), Digiland (Land Protection) and PriyoShop (e-commerce).

A rural citizen with health issues can - for example - get medical advice from registered doctors through virtual consultancy via the Pulse app.

Tech Hub managers then connect rural citizens to various startups which offer citizen services that meet their specific needs and address their challenges.

Meet the team

Sonia
Sonia Bashir Kabir

Founder & Chairman

Sonia
Sultana Razia

Project Manager

Sonia
Asma Natasha

Data Analytics Specialist

Akkie
Ditan Dilshad

Strategic Marketing Consultant

Akkie
Akkie Okma

Advisor

Sadaf
Sadaf Siddiqi

Advisor

Akkie
Laurence Sarah Ainouz

Advisor

Akkie
Sarah Abedin

Advisor

Be a part of our journey

Join as a Donor, a Local Tech Hub Entrepreneur, or a Volunteer and be a force for Digital Inclusion.

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