Help fight Poverty

However disadvantaged they have been by circumstance or prejudice,
men, women and children deserve the right to a better future

The only way to reduce poverty is to add money - historically this has been through Welfare or Aid, Tourism, or imposed systems of production. Each has come with its own problems.

A better way to help people out of poverty is by promoting small, local businesses.
The equation is simple... Tools + Skills + Customers = Income.

Tools can be supplied and skills can be learned but - whatever you produce, unless your customers come to you (e.g. tourists) you need a distribution system to get your produce to the customer. And you have no control over the placing of roads, railways and airports that bring you tourists or deliver your goods and you have little control over the charges levied on you and your produce by hauliers, middle-men and bureaucrats

India leaped forward when it realised that the all this could be by-passed with a product that is freely and directly delivered anywhere in the world - Computer Software.

Can a lower-tech version of the Indian IT model be applied in other, more remote or disadvantaged areas?

"The Zyberweb Project"

The Zyberweb Project aims to create IT-based "cottage-industry centres" in remote or under-privileged regions. The project would set up the necessary infrastructure and the community would have the use of it at no cost. It is a business model that is sustainable, yet all the income is retained by the community.

In 2011, 300 million new website names were registered, that is not only a massive market, it was also ten times more registrations than in 2010.

To turn this potential into an opportunity would need the tools, the skills and the customers. With those in place, women and men in remote or disadvantaged regions could earn hard currency by creating websites for local, national or even international customers at prices substantially more competitive than those being paid to city-based web-creation businesses.

Local people would be able to charge their customers whatever they felt was market price for their work and would keep all of that income.

The Project is sustainable because every website created and hosted at Zyberweb would cost the customer-company an affordable annual hosting fee. As more websites are created, and with repeat annual hosting fees from existing websites, the project's income would rise, increasing opportunities to set up new centres in more communities.

There would be a need for the tools, skills and customers.

The Tools already exist

• Website-creation editor: The Zyberweb Editor is free. It is powerful and easy-to-use and needs no software. It runs on any computer's built-in web browser so works equally on new i-phones and very low-specification computers. It comes with user-tips and video instructions for every menu and is easily translatable into most languages.

• Internet connection: Australia is proudly rolling out very fast broadband nationally. Elsewhere, many seemingly under-developed countries have astonishing mobile phone and Internet coverage. Today, Internet cafes are found in surprisingly remote places.

• Computers: Low-spec computers are now cheap enough to be put into remote townships where Internet is available, maybe in existing community centres. These would be freely available for Zyberweb use and available at a small cost for other Internet activities, which would help defray some costs and involve the whole community in the project.

The Skills are quick and easy to learn

Using Zyberweb, a complete novice can learn how to create a website from scratch, add pages, content and images in less than three days. Further experience can be gained from browsing existing websites for ideas and inspiration.

A trainer would stay with the each new centre for a short time explaining and demonstrating techniques.

Customers can be found:

Acting as a not-for-profit organisation, the project would advocate the use of Zyberweb developers to:
  • General business
  • Small not-for-profit organisations
  • Government and quasi-government organisations

The benefits to businesses as well as all forms of charitable and social organisations would be:
  • the low-cost of web-site production
  • being seen to be helping needy communities

The benefits to Government and quasi-government organisations involved in job-creation, poverty reduction and 'narrowing the gap' would be
  • A ready-to-go business model
  • No obligation to provide funding
  • The sustainability of the project through an on-going annual revenue stream.

I would really like to hear from you.

If you are, or you know someone who is ...

  • Involved in Job-creation in remote or disadvantaged areas
  • Working with communities in those areas
  • Able to translate Zyberweb instructions into other languages
I would really like to hear your thoughts or suggestions about this project.

Please contact me using the form below or by phoning +61 405 430 525

Many thanks

Peter Edington