NGO Nurtures Vision Entrepreneurs Through ’Business-in-a-Bag’ Concept
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
For Rama Devi, a seamstress in Mahabubnagar, the Rs 1,000 a month that she earns through sale of her handiwork was insufficient to support her husband and two children. Her husband, who worked in agriculture, endured long gaps of unemployment. Today as ‘vision entrepreneurs’, they together earn about Rs 5,000 a month. They recently made their first major investment – a motorcycle – which they use to reach more villages to host eyecare campaigns.
Rama Devi is one of the 150 vision entrepreneurs in Andhra Pradesh groomed by VisionSpring, a New York-based non-government organisation laser-focused on correcting an unmet need for working eyeglasses in the developing world.