To address this digital divide and increase RMG workers access to DFS through smartphone penetration, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Sarathi and SWAP Bangladesh Ltd. on 24 November 2022. Bipasha S. Hossain, Team Leader, Sarathi, Swisscontact Bangladesh, and Md Parvez Hossain, Managing Director and CEO, SWAP, signed the contract, in presence of the Sarathi team and SWAP representatives. Together they intend to increase access to affordable smartphones in the RMG communities through SWAP’s re-commerce model using ‘Livewire’ outlets. Awareness and promotional campaigns like discount offers, installment payment facilities, 1-year warranty benefits, etc. are going to be held surrounding multiple kiosks placed inside RMG factories of Savar, Gazipur, Narayanganj, and Chattogram.
At the signing ceremony Md Parvez Hossain, CEO & MD of SWAP said, ‘SWAP aims to ensure affordable access to technology for all Bangladeshis so they can utilize all the technological and digital financial benefits smartphones have to offer. We are glad that Swisscontact is collaborating with us to facilitate affordable technology for RMG worker households.’