Tuesday, October 30, 2007

In India, Poverty Inspires Technology Workers to Altruism

In Bangalore, "the city teems with laborers desperate for work, and yet wealthy software tycoons complain endlessly about a shortage of maids and cooks." So how do you bring the two together? Enter Babajob, a social networking site for employment; think of it as "the village LinkedIn."

Babajob seeks to match employers with employees through personal connections, the common method through which employment is acquired in India, but it is being done online through a website similar to social networking websites. Babajob is specifically "meant to reach laborers earning $2 to $3 a day" who might not have access to a computer or to the Internet and also seeks to fight poverty by providing connections to employment opportunities.

Read the full NY Times article.

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