Better vision for 150 million people
OneDollarGlasses is a social enterprise that has developed a “help-yourself” approach to enable people in economically weak regions to manufacture and market eyeglasses locally. The manufacturing costs are kept low enough so that even the poorest can afford the glasses. The basis is a pair of glasses that can be produced cheaply by local micro-enterprises with from four simple components.
“Over the year, our 2021 teams were able to provide eyeglasses to approximately 73,000 people, perform over 200,000 vision screenings, and provide cataract surgery to over 1,500 people. Many of them were able to see properly for the first time in their lives.” Martin Aufmuth, Founder EinDollarBrille
EinDollarBrille e.V. is currently training local specialists in eight countries to manufacture and distribute the one-dollar glasses and, in cooperation with ophthalmologists and opticians, has developed a training concept that enables the local teams to reliably find the best possible spherical lens during the eye test. After “start-up” funding to set up the structures for manufacturing and sales, the project is self-sustaining. Disadvantaged groups, such as the physically disabled, are also actively integrated in the training of the manufacturers and sellers of the OneDollarGlasses. The latest version of the bending machine is designed so that it can even be operated by blind people.
OneDollarGlasses is currently in a rebranding process and has introduced – initially for the USA – the new name GOOD VISION, which also expresses the organization’s mission well.
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OneDollarGlasses’ Contribution to the 17 Global Goals
Good Health and Well-Being
Better health and quality of life through access to eye care
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Job generation through micro-franchise scheme, which can be replicated in many places
OneDollarGlasses is to a certain extent an inclusive business that allows people with disabilities to operate the machines to produce the eyeglasses.
Visual impairment radically reduces quality of life and severely limits income opportunities.
Responsible Consumption and Production
Local production of glasses for the local market in a very resource-efficient manner