Jennifer Sly from YouthAssets investigates how mobile phones can support young people who are living in rural areas and supporting their families at home. She has done some interesting studies in Swaziland (Southern Africa) to collect insights how mobile phones are currently used in this context. One of the things she found out is that the mobile phone is an important networking tool for young men, who lost their parents and are taking care of their family. During her field studies she met orphans, who used the phone to ask people in the neighborhood for jobs, food, and clothes, but also to receive emotional support.
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