With nearly 1 billion people don’t have access to glasses that need them. That means that 15% of the world’s population is unable to effectively learn or work because they can’t see clearly. Neil Blumentahl as one of the founders of Warby Parker – the hip online retailer of frames and lenses that lets users try on five styles free before purchasing one. The company launched a “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program, which operates exactly as it sounds — Warby Parker will donate a pair of glasses to a community in need for every pair purchased on their website. Warby Parker’s non-profit partners provide glasses and training to low-income entrepreneur in developing countries to start their own business selling glasses.
According to Blumenthal, glasses increase one’s productivity by 35%, and one’s income by 20%. That’s the equivalent of creating an extra day’s work each week. “Glasses are an incredible tool in fostering economic development and creating jobs, and at the end of the day, that’s what people want most — whether you’re in New York or in a poor village in Bangladesh,” he said. “People want jobs and the best international development programs create these jobs.”
Fashion matters no matter where you are in the world, and this is something I saw from New York City to rural Ghana,” Blumenthal said, adding that while those in India and Bangladesh may favor gold and gunmetal grey wire frames, people in El Salvadaor and Guatemala often prefer acetate glasses. The eyewear style blends classic with contemporary and every pair is custom fit for you. For more details and information check out www.warbyparker.com