‘Three million Malawians need glasses’


A German non-profit-making organisation, One Dollar One Glass International has embarked on a campaign to provide eyeglasses to an estimated three million people throughout the country.

One Dollar One Glass International Country Managing Director, Wolfram Cuppers, said the original idea of the organisation is to provide glasses to people who do not earn US$1 a day.

“Our product that we produce is called Good Vision Glasses made in Malawi but of German quality,” Cuppers said.


He said the organisation chose to provide its services in the country after noting that Malawi lacks qualified eye test personnel.

“Secondly, many Malawians do not have access to affordable glasses which are locally made and affordable to those who do not earn less than US$1 a day. The price for our glasses, including eye test is just K2, 500,” said Cuppers.

He added that through this initiative, more people in the country are able to get jobs and earn a living through manufacturing and selling the lasses.


Cuppers also said the organisation needs up to three or four years to cover the entire country and build a network of 400 people to be doing the job.

He said the entire process for one to get the glasses takes less than 20 minutes.

“The goodness about this material is that it is of low cost which means that of the set price of K2,500, only 20 percent which is about K500 leaves the country to import raw materials. The other K2, 000 remains in the country and we pay for the manufacturing process of the glasses at our Good Vision camp in Zomba,” he said.

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