The Eye Mitra initiative trains and equips the under-employed of rural India to set up small ECP businesses. Here, two graduates share the difference the program has made to their financial security as well as to the communities they help.
This month an Indian government body and a European bank added their weight to the push for better eye care in rural areas of India. Funding partnerships like these are enabling the Eye Mitra programme to ramp up the number of young people empowered to become vision entrepreneurs.
High quality lenses, in less time and at the lowest cost was how non-profit healthcare provider Salud Digna described the partnership with Essilor at the opening of their first joint optics lab in Mexico.
A four day municipal campaign was organized by the Ver & Viver Institute near Rio de Janeiro in partnership with local voluntary organizations. 50% of people tested were equipped with 2.5 NVG glasses.
In January, Essilor organised its first Eye Mitra annual convention for local entrepreneurs. Weeks later, the Group’s Advanced Management Program brought in 33 senior staff from 12 countries to learn about developing markets on the ground at Indian rural eye clinics.