Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Want to Recycle Your Old or Busted Mobile Phone to Raise Money for Women in Developing Countries?

I don't normally post our agency press releases on my blog, but I believe this event, Recycle Your Mobile Phone to Eradicate Poverty, is super important and will be of interest to both the mobile community and the general public. Disclosure – we do pro-bono work for the Heartland Mobile Council and are enlisting media support.

If you want to help, or know anyone who would be interested in attending or donating their mobile phone to help eradicate poverty and raise money for female entrepreneurs in developing countries, please contact me at

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Thanks in advance for your support!

Mobile Phones Go Global: Heartland Mobile Council and Recycle to Eradicate Poverty Program Host Event to Recycle Cell Phones, End Global Poverty through Entrepreneurship

Fundraising Event with Guest of Honor Martin Cooper, Inventor of the Mobile Phone, Will Raise Money for Female Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries

Chicago, April 21, 2011 – The Recycle to Eradicate Poverty Program, in association with the Heartland Mobile Council and Martin Cooper, the inventor of the mobile phone, will host a fundraising event to help raise awareness for women in poverty on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 6:00–9:00PM at the Google Chicago office.

Attendees’ old cell phones and PDAs will be collected at the event for the Recycle to Eradicate Poverty Program, which recycles phones and collects the proceeds to benefit microfinance organizations. Proceeds collected from the event will be donated to the Grameen Bank, which provides poverty-stricken women with microfinance loans which help them to create small businesses which can eventually sustain and support their families.

Assisting the Entrepreneurial Efforts of Those in Developing Countries

In our increasingly technologically savvy culture, owning a cell phone is a necessity for entrepreneurs who need to be able to conduct business deals and respond to emergencies at any time, day or night. But what about entrepreneurs in developing countries who barely have enough food to eat, much less these tech advantages that are often taken for granted? That’s a question that the Recycle to Eradicate Poverty Program is helping to answer.

As an organization dedicated to aiding underprivileged peopled in developing countries while also helping the environment, the Recycle to Eradicate Poverty program collects donations of old cell phones and PDAs, which are no longer being used by their owners, and recycles the devices to collect money for those in need . In support of this effort, the Recycle to Eradicate Poverty Program has partnered with Chicago-based Heartland Mobile Council (HMC), to host a fundraising event on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 6:00pm at the Google Chicago office. Special guest Martin Cooper, inventor of the world’s first mobile phone in 1973, will be speaking at the event to present his insights into the continually changing communication world and the important role it will play in future generations. “The world is shrinking as more people become connected through wireless devices; it is now possible to create, using a donated cell phone, a self-sustaining business in many emerging countries,” says Cooper.

From Microfinance to Mobile, An Ideal Nonprofit Partnership

The partnership between the Recycle to Eradicate Poverty Program and the Heartland Mobile Council (HMC) is a well-matched alliance, as the HMC is a nonprofit organization focused on educating brands on how to use mobile marketing effectively to promote their business. “We jumped at the chance to partner with Recycle to Eradicate Poverty, as their goal of eradicating poverty through connectivity is right in line with our mission and we are happy to provide them with an event stage to promote their cause,” says Hugh Park Jedwill, Executive Director of the HMC. “Our support of Grameen's micro-financing is a great way to connect the entrepreneurs of the Second City to the female entrepreneurs of the Third World.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grameen Bank’s micro financing efforts in third world countries. Founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Bank is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping female entrepreneurs in developing countries through microfinance. A widely-established method, microfinance provides small loans, or micro-loans, to impoverished people to start or expand small, self-sufficient businesses. Through their own ingenuity and drive, and with the support of the lending microfinance institution (MFI), poverty-stricken women are able start their journey out of poverty and into a better life.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their old cell phones and PDAs for recycling. Early bird tickets are $20 through May 6th; after that date tickets will be $35.

Tickets can be purchased online at

For more information about the event or about the Heartland Mobile Council, please contact Amanda Williams at or Katie Norwood at

About The Heartland Mobile Council
The Heartland Mobile Council is a Chicago-based non-profit organization whose mission is to educate brands on how to use mobile marketing effectively. The HMC is a safe forum for marketers and companies to learn how to use this new marketing channel to grow their businesses and enrich their brands. For more information, please visit, or follow us on Twitter @heartlandmobile.

More about the Recycle to Eradicate Poverty Program:

Recycle to Eradicate Poverty energizes organizations to collect used cell phones/PDAs and inkjet cartridges to be recycled. The proceeds from those recycling efforts are used to provide microfinance loans as small as $50 to women entrepreneurs to create a small business, which can eventually sustain her family. For more information, please visit

About Martin Cooper:

Martin Cooper invented the mobile phone in 1973 in Chicago while working for Motorola. As the story goes, the first public cell phone call was made to his competitor at Bell Labs. At the press conference for the launch of the first commercially available mobile phone, he was asked about talk time of the phone; his reply was “It’s only 20 minutes, but that’s not a problem, it's so heavy you can’t hold the phone to your ear that long!” He continues to innovate and publicly speak through DYNA LLC, the company founded by Martin and his wife, Arlene Harris. For more information, visit Follow him on Twitter: @martymobile.


  1. Good Initiative and good move to eradicate poverty and help women for their livelihood.

  2. This is a very worthy cause that needs to echo on the other parts of the globe. Especially in this world that's starting to be dominated by gadgets, smartphones and mobile phones. In Australia, we have that helps schools and sporting clubs raise funds. While has been turning old mobile phones into cash with its buyback program.
    I believe there is more work that needs to be done, and our efforts and your efforts are just a scratch on the surface on this growing problem of tech waste.

  3. Very good and worthy cause to get awareness and a wake up call for those who are getting messed up what to do with their old mobile phones.

  4. The proceeds from recycling to micro-finance loans is a noble idea and i personally support such missions at work. I would say all should sell mobile phone for cash and extend support into some kind of charitable trust.