PEOPLink Press Coverage (including CatGen and OpenEntry):

The largest impact of implementing this 'pro-poor' e-commerce approach was on income and employment. Firms using it reported jobs that were directly attributable to the on-line promotion. . .3918 women" and that "a relatively inexperienced group of young IT professionals could, with the proper tools, create employment for themselves while providing e-commerce services to local SMMEs."  United Nations Development Program evaluation of CatGen's impact on income and employment in Nepal  - 11/30/2005  



"The cloth is almost 30 centimeters wide.  On a red background there's a circle with mythical figures."this is a "Thanka", a buddhist painting style from Kathmandu in Nepal" says Daniel Salcedo. Until 1 1/2 years ago, the painters sold their work for $5 to $10 in the Nepalese capital to local traders. Nowadays they sell their pieces of art through the Internet. Salcedo's organization PEOPLink made the website.  "Now the paintings are sometimes sold for $800 a piece" he says ." Dutch Article- 12/11/2003


"Forget the frustrations of free trade. Forget, at least for the moment, the lofty goal of linking producers and consumers in every corner of the Americas through hemisphere-wide negotiations. Instead, just go shopping - online. Tis the season of giving, and a chance for all to explore the full positive potential of globalization from an often overlooked perspective "    - 11/29/03


"It doesn't matter if your business is small or large, whether you're in a developed or developing country, the message is go global! Worldwide, e-commerce is currently bringing in about 300 billion dollars a year and it's growing faster than anyone ever expected. The easiest and cheapest way to go global is on the Net."    BBC World Service  - August 5 1999


"Mayan women in rural Guatemala speaking little Spanish and having almost no formal education rarely come to mind when the subject turns to trendy E-commerce. Tejidos Guadalupe would like to set the record straight. " Global Aging Report (AARP) -  July/August 1999


"One of the advantages of the Internet is that it allows people to buy goods and services from merchants anywhere in the world. This makes the impossible possible, resolving the issues of channels (how remote merchants sell their goods to the buyer) and distribution (getting the goods to the buyer from remote destinations)."  CommerceNet - June 23, 1999



"PEOPLink offers a stroll through the traditional crafts market for the global village. Based on the principles of fair trade, PEOPLink introduces Western consumers almost directly to artisans in Haiti and Bangladesh among others."  Newsweek  - December 7, 1998


"On November 24 Vice President Gore's Office called because the staff had seen the PEOPLink site. They wanted to know if our Partner in Uganda, Helen Mutono (who was featured in our previous issue of our Electronic magazine, "Linkages") was available to accompany the Vice President during an announcement of a Clinton Administration initiative on global e-commerce"  Remarks by President and Vice-President at Electronic Commerce Event - November 30, 1998



"The period from Thanksgiving to New Year's is a time when volunteerism is at its peak. If Turkey Day around your house is about more than feasting, you can begin to give thanks (and do good) even when you're spending time on the Internet."  Family PC -  November 1, 1998

 "PEOPLink, a non-profit organization ,  is setting up a global network allowing producers to sell their products directly over the Internet. Thanks to loan granting institutions such as the World Bank Group, PEOPLink equips its partner organizations with computers, digital cameras, and trains them to produce digital images and then send to PEOPLink via e-mail."  LeMonde - September 30 1998


"Daniel Salcedo has circled the world twice in the past year (despite three recent days stranded in Haiti by hurricane Georges). Next week, he's off to Indonesia, the Philippines and Japan, all to test a question that cuts to the essence of the globe-spanning potential of the Internet: Can a Web site assist the world's poor, by helping them to sell products to the developed world?" MSNBC Life Online - September 28, 1998



" In Chinocavi, just a few kilometers from the Peruvian border, residents still hoe their fields as their ancestors have for centuries and most transportation is by mule or foot. However, artisans of towns like Chinocavi soon will be able to use the newest technology to market their works across the globe." Bolivian Times - August 1998

"Daniel Salcedo, who holds a doctorate in operations research, claims he "was a geek before it was cool." But he also has long been passionate about the developing world, serving as a Peace Corps director in the Dominican Republic and doing other nonprofit work throughout Latin America."  Computer World - August 20,1998


"A group of women in Uganda who make baskets to raise money for children orphaned by AIDS. A community development organization in the Philippines that sells handicrafts to help the poor. Noble causes, certainly. But not the type of merchants you'd expect to find touting their wares on the Internet."   New York Times  -  August 18, 1998

"Panama's Kuna Indians are taking their art to the World Wide Web and gaining attention for their creative use of images. Molas are the colorful and ornate applique blouses traditionally worn and made by Kuna Indian women. For years, their rich and intricate designs have made them popular among tourists and art collectors."   Latin Trade - August 1998



"Olivia Solano Chutz sits in her courtyard in San Jose Poaquil, Guatemala day after day weaving cloth which she then stitches into coin purses and cosmetic pouches widely admired in North American homes."  Other Voices (IBm) - January 26, 1998


"Weaving has been part of Olivia Solano Chutz's life from the time she was a little girl. Like many of the women in the village of San José Poaqu'l, Guatemala, she patiently weaves the intricate patterns which transform thread into change purses, zippered pouches and other products, carrying on the traditional skills learned from her mother, aunts and neighbors."  EDI Forum - Winter 1998


"A tip to imported rug dealers: Roll up your inventory and look for another line of work - you're about to be undersold."  Wired - September 27, 1997


"While some debate the relevance of the internet to social development and human rights work, PEOPLink, an international, non-profit development agency, forges ahead."  Human Rights Tribune - September 9, 1997



"ACHUTUPU, PANAMA -- As night falls on this small island off Panama's Atlantic coast and three women sew traditional molas by the light of candles and kerosene lamps, the Internet is the last thing that comes to mind."  The Christian Science Monitor - May 23, 1997


"PANAMA CITY, March 25 (Reuters) - Panama's traditional Kuna Indians have entered cyberspace and the Central American nation's trademark handicraft can now be purchased on the Internet"  Reuters - March 25, 1997


"The Tarabuco villagers in the mountains of Bolivia have been trading in alpaca clothes for centuries. This year, however, they will be marketing their weavings with the help of a new tool: a digital camera. Along with groups in India and seven Latin American countries, the Tarabuco weavers are working with PEOPlink, a nonprofit looking to create a global network of digitally capable grassroots organizations."  HotWired - 24 March 1997


"USTUPO, Panama, March 17 (The Guardian) - If Balbina Dennis had a computer she could visit a web site belonging to an organization called PEOPLink and see her picture on the screen." 
 The Guardian - 17 March 1997


"SAN BLAS ISLANDS, Panama, March 10 (St Petersburg Times) - When darkness falls on the tiny island of Ustupo, silence quickly follows.  Undisturbed by modern technology, most of the island's 8,000 inhabitants retire to thatched, dirt-floor huts for the night.  No televisions, cars or telephones. Just the sound of waves lapping against the shore." St. Petersburg Times - 10 March 1997


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