German Ambassador Jeurgen Borsch has hailed Good Vision Glasses, a Malawian subsidiary of One Dollar Glasses, for offering glasses at subsidised prices for those who cannot afford expensive eye care.
He made the remarks when he visited Good Vision Glasses in Ndirande to appreciate the initiative the company is currently implementing.
“It simply blew me away when I learnt how the programme works. It is an NGO [non-governmental organisation], they don’t make money, they just cover the cost and it’s about good vision for everybody. Especially here in Malawi, I think it’s a real dream project because it makes sure that affordable eye care can be presented to everybody in the country,” Borsch said.
Good Vision Glasses country coordinator Simon Ansel said the company aims at making a positive impact on the masses through subsidising glasses for the benefit of the citizenry.
“We call ourselves a social venture, which means that we try to generate impact on the Malawian people. The impact is that we try to provide glasses at an affordable price because as you know it is expensive to access quality eye care in the country, more especially people from the rural areas,” he said.
Ansel also said they plan to expand further across the country to reach many people in line with their goals.
Good Vision Glasses sales manager Mathews Chilemba said they have made an impact since the organisation started implementing the project. He said they are optimistic they will fulfil their goal to provide locally manufactured eye glasses to more than 150 million people worldwide that are in need of spectacles but cannot afford them.