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2015 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Break the silence
power of the social
business model as a
From activity to impact.
Find meaning in your work.
Develop new business
Social Enterprise: building change
The scale of silence: the problem
626 million people with hearing loss and 2/3 in
9 million hearing aids are manufactured a year
Average price of hearing aid in USA is $1,800
Price of one battery is $2 and need is 1 a week
Dearth of professionals
50% hearing loss can be prevented
70% of USA
Our business model
We are a sustainable social business
manufacturing solar powered hearing aids by
people who are deaf for people with a hearing
What We Do
provide a child
the ability to
learn to develop
an opportunity to
go to a public
Solar Ear’s mission: M 8 goals
1) Millennium goals but for people with
2) Offer training and employment to
young people who are deaf,
3) Provide education programs on
issues of HIV-AIDS and
maternal health programs.
4) Showing society the special abilities
of people with a disability.
5) Develop new methods for people in
conflict to find common ground.
Solar Ear throughout the world
Free therapy for
5,000 children a year
Change public policy
10 more places in
next 5 years
10 more social
Invented by people who are deaf.
Maintains capability or capacity for 2-3 years.
Can be used in 80% of 50 million hearing aids
on the market today.
Can be charged via sun, household light or using
Nokia cell phone plug.
Three-month break even for consumer.
Environmental Savings : 200,000,000 disposable
batteries used per year.
First rechargeable hearing aid
Solar Ear Awards
Marion Downs -
Souring Heights -
Alex Graham Bell
Design for the
Teachers from Solar Ear from go
to new Solar Ear Center
Select employees to be trained
Invent common language
Inspire the new workers by
showing them that a person
can do anything, and go
Teach HIV- AIDS
South to South Training
Improving Health and Education Outcomes
Kahlil Gibran once said:
“ When you work, you are a flute through
whose heart the whispering of the hours
turns into music. To love life through
labor is to be intimate with life's inmost
All work is empty save when there is love
Increased wealth of population due to more children
going to school and more adults being employable
Reduced social and economic costs
Self-sustaining Solar Ear programs
Changed civil society perception about the skills of
Programs can be scaled to other countries and other
health problems, e.g. diabetes, dyslexia.