launches in Bolivia


Xiomara Zambrana. Photo: Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg just launched in Bolivia, giving people on the VIVA network access to free basic internet services, writes Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook.

Less than half of Bolivia uses the internet today, so offering people free services for health, education, communication and local information will help introduce them to the entire internet, he writes.

He tells the story of Xiomara Zambrana (pictured). She used the internet to launch a social media campaign in Bolivia called Mi Arbol — My Tree — to encourage people to plant trees and help Bolivia’s Environmental Ministry fight deforestation. As a result, 50,000 trees were planted in communities across the country.

Zuckerberg says when more people in Bolivia are connected, more people will be empowered to make a change in the world.