The “buy-one-give-one” campaign of the American glasses manufacturer Warby Parker has provided over 610,000 pairs of glasses to people in developing countries with poor eyesight. Warby Parker doesn’t just donate glasses: with every pair of glasses sold, they also support their partner organisation VisionSpring with donations in kind and financial donations. In turn, they then provide optometry training to tradesmen with low income in developing countries. That way, they’re not only helping people with poor eyesight, but also strengthening the local economy.
The question of how glasses can combat poverty remains open. Warby Parker state on their homepage that around 1 billion people worldwide are unable to afford a pair of glasses. In other words, this means that almost 15 percent of the world’s population are unable to effectively work and learn due to poor eyesight. That’s is what this initiative seeks to change.