Location São Paulo, SP
Grantee 2017
Attended areas Social Enterprise

Ótica Popular Verbem

Providing Access to Quality, Low-Cost Eyeglasses

Nearly 27.5 million economically active people in Brazil are unaware that they need corrective eyewear. Not having access to proper eyewear poses significant socioeconomic consequences: greater unemployment, less productivity, more work-related accidents, along with lower quality of life. According to Programa Alfabetização Solidária, the main reason for dropping out of school is visual-impairment related. The high cost of eyeglasses and their lack of production in Brazil are some of the factors that limit their access within the country.

Renovatio produces high-quality, low-cost eyeglasses through the VerBem program. It has already improved the vision of roughly 15,000 people and performed more than 2,400 free eye exams through its traveling ophthalmologists. The project has since generated R$125.000 in income for its producers.

The project proposes to create a sustainable network of community eyewear providers to provide access to eyewear for those who could otherwise not afford it.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Renovatio aims to:

• Create a network of popular optics to give access to quality glasses at a low cost in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Manaus with 100 small franchises;
• Sell and donate 30,000 eyeglasses.


Community vendors forming an eyewear network
30,000 eyeglasses donated and sold
Access to low-cost, high-quality eyeglasses

“We work for the inclusion of those who are marginalized, giving them work, study and professional opportunities.” – Team Renovatio

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