The interweb can truly be a gift when you want to find out what other people are doing in other parts of the world. I've been receiving some great correspondence of late that I find incredibly helpful in my process of thesis research:
Information and education are critical resources in managing poverty in rural areas and there are numerous opportunities to use information and communication strategies and design to help local people cope with their issues and problems. Learning and expanding their cognitive abilities as well as awareness and ability building that maybe called soft skills are critically dependent on their ability to use information and have access to it as and when needed.
Prof M P Ranjan
Faculty of Design
Head, Centre for Bamboo Initiatives
National Institute of Design
He directed me to a former student who is showing how to engage the rural community in the process of design.