Exploitation of people occurs more easily if they cannot read. The Bottom Billion (the world's poorest people) suffer hugely from illiteracy. Women suffer more, and as an average in the poorest nations they have 25% less literacy. In Mali, 12% of women are literate.

1.  Therefore the more people who can read the less likely they will be exploited and become disenfranchised. The more people who can read the more they learn about themselves and others, and become functional within the society in which they live.

2.  Literacy is needed to ensure peace, success in business, higher levels of creativity and better health.

3.  Of about 7000 languages in the world, more than 80% do not even have alphabets let alone written literature or a means to record their history or knowledge. Most of the languages lacking alphabets belong to indigenous peoples. Some use the alphabet of the dominant society, and a small number have created their own (or with help). The Latin (Roman) alphabet is by far the dominant alphabet throughout the world of about a dozen alphabets in existence. Chinese is the largest ideographic language. It has no alphabet. (The dominant language is English, not because it has the most speakers, but because it has the most books (50% of all books in print are written in English). English is needed by 100% of air traffic controllers and commercial pilots, 90% of computer programming is in English, 90% of the world’s biggest universities teach in it, 45% of internet content is in English, and 34+% of all business in the world is conducted in English, even though (native) English speaking people account for under 8% of the world’s population.)

4.  The indigenous peoples of the world have a wealth of knowledge, and tend to lack higher education. Their knowledge is imperiled by diminution of their populace, and the inability to have their knowledge properly recorded. The biggest area of knowledge they have that benefit them and others is in the areas of health, principally in the use of plants as medicines. According to the UN WHO 80% of the world uses plants as their first and only source of health care.

5.  Our proposal is to create a benefit to the indigenous societies of the world from which they can benefit, and at the same time create cottage or community (cooperative) industries for them based on what they know, using plant based health remedies as a focal point. To do this they or their children need to be armed with the ability to carefully integrate their community with the changing world, and by providing children with computers (via programs like OLPC or with tablets which are now in the $75 range delivered), they can increase their literacy, and ability to do business with the rest of the world, and while they may be remote they will no longer be so isolated and can benefit from the knowledge of other remote communities.

Our objective which by including them creates a trade of knowledge for supplying them with subnotebook computers, and makes the transition to being literate less formidable. At the same time we employ them to translate a useful book into their language, to enhance their creativity, and trade it for goods and services they see as useful to them.

What we (literate people who have computers) see from the transaction:

1. Access to cheaper medications, and thousands of plant based remedies
2. Medicinal potions and plants we’ve never known or grown
3. A vastly bigger list of medicinal plants and their uses
4. Access to more exotic and rare plants
5. More people to do business with
6. More places to go for eco-holidays
7. People keen to protect the environment and species
8. Reforestation of over-harvested forests
9. Better health for everyone and longer lives
10. Literacy and increases in creativity coming from little known communities.

Our Bottom Billion literacy program as html and as Powerpoint.

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