Re: SPAM-LOW: [holistichelping] Hourly rates for data entry?
Thats a great idea and I think this is a key area where we can begin
planning for an investment model that builds on the work of various ICT
pioneers. The idea is to offer a sustainable financial system for these
centers based on a socially conscious/fair trade outsourcing model. I
believe such a plan is key pushing the ICT4D model to critical mass in
Africa and other regions of the world
> Hi Kennedy Onyango and all,
> Greetings to Agnese!
> Kennedy and I chatted earlier about work that he might get so that he
> could fund their Internet access point.
> One of our lab's participants asked about hourly rates for data entry.
> Kennedy, do you know what you would charge? Please let me know, or
> preferably, please write to our group. I invite others among us to
> write as well if you are doing this kind of work or would like to.
> Generally, this would be mostly copying and pasting addresses and other
> information from web pages. Some reformatting might be required. It
> would be good to know English well, but it's relevant only occasionally.
> Note that much of the work can be done offline.
> Please be fair to yourself and your clients in setting hourly rates.
> They should get a decent price and you should make a decent profit.
> Note that your client may be looking to you as one among several
> suppliers. I suggest setting a rate that would have you most respect
> your client. If you set it too low, then you will not be able to give
> them your best service. If you set it too high, then you will not think
> of them as caring about the price. Somewhere in the middle is best, I
> Here is a company http://www.digitaldividedata.com that has developed
> this in Cambodia as a business. They have served over 50 clients and
> employed over 100 people. I include below a description from
> I hope that we might find ways that our participants in Africa and other
> countries might make a living. Thank you for participating at our lab
> as "independent thinkers". You are supporting our lab members when you
> write about your concerns, your dreams, your ideas. This way we are all
> encouraged around the world. We're excited to include the widest
> variety of independent thinkers.
> Andrius Kulikauskas
> Minciu Sodas
> +370 (699) 30003
> Vilnius, Lithuania
> Information provided by the World Bank Development Marketplace 2003
> Digital Divide Data, an example of Employment Model
> Cambodia's long history of war and devastation left a large number of
> disabled, disenfranchised and displaced people who face barriers to
> employment. Many Cambodian women have few economic choices other than to
> enter the sex trade. The poor become trapped in low-income jobs because
> their families could not afford to send them to school. Rural
> immigrants, who came to urban areas hoping to find a better life,
> instead wind up in squatter settlements scratching out a subsistence
> living picking through garbage heaps. Large numbers of Cambodians
> physically maimed or disabled in the war are completely marginalized
> from the workforce as a result of overt discrimination. The situation
> has created a huge surplus of labor in Cambodia, yet few institutions
> provide vocational training for this target population to secure
> relevant jobs.
> Technology avails an opportunity for poor and marginalized people to
> start entry level jobs and gain high value workplace experience and
> marketable skills while earning a livable wage. Digital Divide Data
> [WWW] is a technology-based employment social enterprise that provides
> vocational training to disadvantaged people in Cambodia. Its clients are
> landmine victims, abused women, rural immigrants and orphans. Through
> Digital Divide Data, they receive computer literacy and technology
> training to qualify for basic and low-skilled jobs in the technology
> sector. Clients are then placed in data entry jobs within Digital Divide
> Data whereby they receive paid on-the-job training in a supportive
> Digital Divide Data secures contracts for data entry work outsourced by
> universities and businesses, which provides employment for its clients
> and generates income for its operating costs, including fair wages and
> social costs related to education and training. The combination of paid
> work experience and computer literacy, coupled with education prepares
> clients for higher-paying skilled work opportunities.