Helping Millions of Africans Hear Again – One Man’s Quest

After sailing more than 40 thousand nautical kilometers and into 14 countries on Unreasonable at Sea, we ported in Spain for our culminating event. The technology companies who sailed around the world with us had 6 minutes to share the story of their company to hundreds of people packed into an auditorium in Barcelona. This is one of those talks.


The entrepreneur in this video is Tendekayi Katsiga of Solar Ear.

COMPANY DESCRIPTION IN 100 WORDS OR LESS

There are almost 600 million hearing impaired people in the world, with two thirds of those individuals living in developing countries. The availability and affordability of hearing aids and batteries impede solutions to hearing loss.

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Solar Ear developed the first rechargeable hearing aid battery, which lasts for 2-3 years and can be used in 80% of hearing aids on the market today. It is solar powered and can be charged via the sun, household light, or a cell phone plug. Solar Ear also manufactures and sells the first digitally programmable and rechargeable hearing aids, which cost 10% of the market cost and meet WHO standards. Their products are made by the hearing impaired and sold to the hearing impaired in developing countries. Visit company website

MAJOR MILESTONES

  • Products are sold in over 40 countries.
  • Manufacturing facilities in 2 countries in Africa.
  • Generated over USD$1,000,000 in revenue.
  • In Botswana and Brazil, the project was directly responsible for the employment of 35 young adults with disabilities into other organizations, not including the 40 employed with Solar Ear.

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  • Leija2014

    “The sun does not forget a village just because it is too small…”

    It simply amazes me with what we can do to help people by just using natural resources, like energy of the sun, to help people with disabilities such as a hearing impairment. It was so intriguing to learn that the Solar Ear has now reached out to over 40 countries and that it has helped employ those with a hearing impairment. I hope doctors in the U.S. will help promote a product such as Solar Ear because it’s more affordable, uses solar energy, and doesn’t waste as many batteries. Overall the clip was very fascinating and knowledgeable, and gives hope to Africa and other nations with hearing impairments!

  • Tyler Steinmetz

    What a great invention that can help a population that goes overlooked, especially in developing countries. I find it amazing that the Solar Ear has generated over 1 million in revenue and that it has expanded to 40 different countries. I really hope that this company is able to get the money that it needs to expand the business to reach people with hearing impairments. I know that in the video it stated that the company wants to expand in Ghana and Kenya, but what are some of the countries, not stated in the video and short article, that have the Solar Ear being used? Keep up the great work because this is making a world of difference.

  • greatelk

    This is truly amaaaazing! It’s so cool that Solar Ear isn’t solely reliant on sunlight. I hope Solar Ear can expand to more countries in the near future!

  • Jennifer Lynn

    Helping Millions of people with such a small invention is truly remarkable. As a future educator who would love to travel to Africa to maybe teach for a year this is an incredible article to me. Helping people less fortunate than I am seems like a small fee for the life I am able to live here in the United States. If I were to meet the writer of this post I would challenge them to create a campaign to raise money for this wonderful cause. I would be on board with stating some sort of campaign like this at my university.

  • Brittney Glende

    Thank you Tendekayi for sharing this. I honestly had no idea that just in Africa alone there are 200 million people who are hearing impaired. I think it is great that Solar Ear was developed to help these individuals out. & the fact that this hearing device lasts up to 2-3 years and is solar powered by the sun will help these individuals tremendously. I am all for helping others out and making their life easier then what it already is. I have a huge heart for things like this. I am so thankful we have people out there like you that is willing to help out and put a smile on someone else’s face. I work with children that are hearing impaired or have other disabilities and every day I am coming up with new ideas and different strategies to help them out. What was it that put your mind to this, what made you travel to 14 different countries and present this?

  • Jen McKiernan

    Thank you for sharing this. It is incredible how much of an impact the Solar Ear can have on the world. I was unaware that there are nearly 600 million hearing impaired people in this world. Having a hearing aid that is solar powered is truly a wonderful and very helpful invention. What other resources do you think can be changed to solar powered that can help so many people?

  • BartuchGR11

    The information in the blog was really interesting. For example, I had no idea that 200 million people were hearing impaired in Africa. I really liked the idea of coming up with a solar powered hearing aid. The batteries in the hearing aids last for 2-3 years now since they are solar powered which is awesome and it is much easier on the environment. Thanks to this hearing aid 10,000 people can currently hear and 3,000 of them are children who are now attending school thanks to the solar powered hearing aid.

  • MeierKM23

    I want to add to your comment because I agree with not knowing that Africa alone had 200 million people who are hearing impaired and I am sure that many others do not know either. It is amazing that this device can last 2 to 3 years and by being powered by the sun! I also love helping people whether that is my family, friends, or anyone that needs someone. I have a brother that has mild Cerebral Palsy, now 16, and growing up with him with his smile and loving personality, made me respect people, especially someone like Tendekayi, and just made me into the person I am today. I hope my future job I can work with and help people of all ages. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and thank you also to Tendekayi for sharing this great invention.

  • vitalecm03

    This really hits home for me because being apart of Delta Zeta our Philanthropy is for speech and hearing so this is near and dear to my heart. I love to hear about new inventions to help children receive and education. No one should be refused a job or a chance to learn because of an impairment. I will definitely pass this on to my sisters and help get the word out about Solar Ear!

  • Jcoppa

    This video shows the determination in a group of people that demand to be heard, pun intended. This group of people in Africa have been blessed with a gift, what often scorches their backs, now powers their ears. Hearing is so precious to me, as I have a huge passion for music. I know in Africa, music is also a huge passion, so it is warming to know that so many people finally get to hear music again. Solar power should be used as a resource so much more in our world.

    My question to you is how can we, as students, become involved in this team, not only as apart of Africa’s team, but of our own nations as well. Batteries are expensive for everyone, not just the wonderful people of Africa. And solar power should be harnessed everywhere the sun shines!

  • John Darrow

    Thank you for this inspiring post. What a great story about a group of people who were around and experienced a problem and are now changing the lives of so many around the world. Because most of the hearing impaired are in “developing” countries and are already underprivileged, losing one of the senses can only make life that much harder. It’s awesome to see that people are striving daily to change that. The part of the video I agreed with or liked the most was his signature quote, “there are 200 million hearing impaired people in Africa. This is unacceptable.” Something of this magnitude would never stand in the USA, so why should it in other countries? To me that statement describes the fire that fuels the entire Deaftronics organization.

  • susantok

    Very great and inspiring post!!! I was surprised that there are 600 millions people who have hearing disabilities and one-third of them are from Africa. I think Solar Ear is an awesome company because they can innovate hearing aids that is sustainable to the environment.

  • Stephen Chandra Owen

    Nice post!!! I think Solar Ear is very helpful towards those people who have hearing disabilities. Solar Ear has created a product that help those people to live with more convenience. Well, I also think that Solar Ear can go further through their innovation!

  • goanthony

    It really wonderful to find the fact creativities can turn into a revolution. Other than that, this case also relates to ethical principal of caring with one another.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you all for your kind wishes.Our Horizontal approach in lowering hearing impairment and the burden of hearing impairment to millions of people in Africa is through a program called DREET.D-detection,R-research ,E-equipment,E-education,T-Training.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you so much Stephen

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you so much

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you so much John

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you .

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you so much

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Jen

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Hi Britteny,thank you for your kind words.I work with hearing impaired people ,they are the most innovative people l know.They have so much potential ,if they are given an opportunity.The main reasons for travelling to 14 countries,firstly was to tell the whole world about a positive story from Africa,being told by an African.Secondly was to have an understanding on international markets(international exposure).Establish new relations and partnerships.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you for the inspiration

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Well said Jennifer.Thank you

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    We are hoping to expand to many countries and make people hear.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Hi Tyler,thank you for your kind words.Solar Ear products have been used mostly in all African countries:-Zimbabwe,Zambia,Botswana,Swaziland.Lesotho,Mozambique,Ethiopia,Kenya,Botswana.I will safely say in all of the sub-Saharan countries.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you so much.

  • Jack Delabar

    This video really opens the viewers eyes and demonstrates the importance of helping those who suffer from hearing impairments. Considering the vast majority of those effected are from developing countries where batteries aren’t readily available, the invention of this solar battery is HUGE in helping underprivileged people (children) lead a normal life. This isn’t a very widely known or addressed problem, but after hearing the facts and numbers, these people are helping a huge number of people. I am, however, curious as to how they will distribute these hearing aids and batteries. Will you give them out as a donation to those who need them? How will you educate those people in the developing countries that don’t have means of discovering this technology?

  • reuhl42

    The solar battery is going to be extremely useful for people in developing countries. There are many things that we take for granted in the U.S that many countries don’t have available, and I believe that electricity is one of the biggest things. Although hearing aids are pretty expensive here there are many people that have insurance or something else that will cover the cost or at least part of the cost unlike in these countries where they probably wouldn’t get much help or any at all paying for their hearing aids. I believe that this will be a huge step after seeing in the video how many people are hearing impaired. The only thing I don’t quite understand is how they’re going to distribute these. Are they going to have certain places that people can go to charge their battery or are they going to give them out to every single person? Considering the battery will last for 2-3 years I wouldn’t think that every single person would need one or be able to afford one depending on the price. Thank you for this post, Tendekayi.

  • Sara Sanchez

    This is an amazing business plan! I am truly impressed with
    the dedication and passion that this team has put into pursuing this social
    change of helping those in need, and giving them affordable access to these
    hearing aids. Great job!

  • Angela Hoch

    Tendekayi Katsiga,

    You are truly inspiring. I think it’s absolutely fantastic that you work with hearing impaired people, and see the true potential in them. I also had no idea, like Brittney, that over 200 million people are hearing impaired in Africa alone. That’s insane! It’s a blessing that Solar Ear was developed to help these individuals in need, and how our own sun is used to power these devises. It’s brilliant! I am so thankful for people like you who are so giving, and have a huge heart to make a difference. It truly a blessing, and thank you so much for spreading the word, and changes lives forever. You should be so proud of yourself. I hope I can do something as wonderful, and life changing like you did someday 🙂 You’re an inspiration! Thank you so much.

  • duongh1

    This is amazing. Hearing impaired people now can have access to low price but quality products. The market is also pretty big, which can generate a lot of revenues for the company. It’s a win-win situation: customers get great value products while the company makes great profits.

  • Daniel John

    It is amazing how many people in Africa are hearing impaired. This is great that the people in the underprivileged countries are given these resources. I think it is awesome how many ways are available to maintain these devices at such a low cost. Thank you for posting this article.

  • Willie

    It is always good seeing someone trying to help their people
    out even if it’s only something small like helping pay a phone bill or
    something, to giving people a better quality of life and giving them hope which
    is an invaluable resource that can’t be replaced or taken away. My question
    would be why is it that hearing impairments occur more in developing countries?

  • Taylor Schulz

    I have always been so interested in helping out in developing countries by going overseas, so this article immediately grabbed my attention. I think it is amazing that there are so many in the world that would do whatever it takes to help. I think this solar hearing aid idea is incredible, and the fact that it can help out so many people in Africa truly amazes me. The creation of these low cost hearing aids, I believe, will have a great affect on Africa and the people living there. Thanks for posting! I enjoyed listening and reading!

  • kabbasuf

    Stories like this show there’s still much hope left in the world. It shows what people can do for one another if they’re committed. Not to mention, the business model is genius. Only the those with empaired hearing can understand what that really means, and thus in producing the aids, you know they put in more than 100%. It’s one world, so lets be there for one another.

  • Katie Ackerman

    This is so beautiful! The first thing that stands out to me is that the hearing impaired are making the devices FOR the hearing impaired. I mean how cool is that? It makes sense, yet a pretty much unheard of idea. Congratulations on all your amazing milestones! I hope to one day be apart of such a big and beautiful cause. What made you so passionate about this specific cause?

  • Drew Cox

    This idea is amazing! No better way than to actually utilize our resources such as the sun. This product allows for so many smaller under privileged countries to have that one chance, one opportunity to hear a little bit clearer. I had no idea how many def people there truly are in the world. I love how cheap these are available so that its much more affordable for the world! I hope not only for Africa, but also distribute in America. My question is how will you distribute this product to those who are unaware of such opportunity. You cant sell them in stores, because the underprivileged don’t generally shop with lack of funds. But nonetheless great presentation i hope all works out! Thanks again

  • Joseph

    How can someone not appreciate this product. This product has so many benefits coming from it. How can people not love this idea? My grandparents recently just got hearing aids. All they talk about now is how expensive they were. With this product people are saving more than $2000 and are helping the environment out as well. People who have the product are able to use the sun as a power source. The beauty about that is its FREE!! This product is not only going to help the under privileged countries, but its going to help every country. My one question is how long of a charge will they get in their batteries if they were to only use the sun as a power source?

  • Frank_Stanek

    I completely agree with you. I can’t imagine a single reason why anyone would not be incredibly excited for this product. My Father recently got hearing aids and even though he did need them for a while one of the things that kept him from getting them for so long WAS the price. From a green perspective it is incredibly nice that they can be solar powered. As to your question hearing aids don’t use a ton of power so, depending on their efficiency, I would imagine you could probably get at least a days worth out of them.

  • Janna Bartels

    WOW! This is so amazing! It’s so encouraging that deaftronics and Solar Ear is being successful. I think the deaf population around the world is so often forgotten about. Thank you for posting this video!

  • Mcgrailkk30

    I am speachless. This product could not be more innovative and amazing. I am so impressed with the ability to charge these hearing aides using solar energy! It is enviromentally friendly and cost effective. The children and other individuals in Africa – and all over the world – have been given an invaluable gift. I’m curious, does the solar powering cause any changes to the hearing aid’s volume or clarity?

  • Haley Horn

    This is awesome. The hearing aid is an INCREDIBLE invention. Helping these Africans that have hearing problems is amazing, because like you said, they want to learn in school too, and being able to hear is an amazing sense and I think that everyone should have the opportunity to hear and learn through sound. I am thinking about studying abroad in South Africa so this is amazing! Thank you.

  • katie yanke

    This is an amazing product. I think many people take hearing for granted and do not appreciate being able to hear all the sounds around us. This product will change so many lives and those people will be grateful for every sound they will now be able to hear. Great video! Thanks!

  • Caitlin Snyder

    I am speechless. This product is amazing and I genuinely hope it expands all across the world and generates plenty of revenue! Your sense of hearing is so important and this gift will change the lives of millions without it. I am very impressed with this simple yet completely life changing product. Thank you for this awesome article!

  • Jessica Mendoza

    I completely agree with you Caitlin! It makes me speechless as well hearing about this product. It makes me so excited! This product is so impressive. If it expands across the world, it will generate plenty of revenue! I am so happy to see all of these people, including you, commenting on this article and being just as excited as I am about it. Simply amazing!

  • Brittney Glende

    I agree with you that hearing impaired people are the most innovative people. So my question is with Solar Ear is this developed to help out “everyone” that has a hearing impairment or just in countries that are less fortunate? I have never heard of this up until now, and I am really interested. Did you enjoy traveling to these countries, how was it? Did you interact one on one with anyone that was hearing impaired? Thanks!

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Caitlin for your kind words.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    I totally agree with you Jessica,hopefully we will reach to so many people who are in need of hearing aids,and generate employment for the hearing impaired.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Katie!

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Haley,surely you should come to South Africa its so beautiful and the people are amazing.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Hi ,thank you for your kind words.The solar powered hearing aids powers charges your hearing aids batteries,when your batteries are fully charged you can increase the volume and hear clearly.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Janna

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Hi Joseph,thank you so much for your kind words.You can charge your hearing aid batteries for 5 hours and they last for 7 days.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you so much Frank.I totally agree with you hearing do not take a lot of power.If you charge your hearing batteries for 5 hours,they last for a week.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    First of all thank you.We distribute our hearing aids through Non -governmental Organisations,Deaf Associations,and Ministry of Health.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you.Working and living with people who are hearing impaired made realize that although that they have an impairment they are not disabled.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you!

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Taylor!

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you, Willie.The high number is caused by lack of access to health facilities.50% of hearing loss in Africa take place after birth.Unclean water ,and untreated diseases also contribute to a high hearing loss.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Daniel

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Sara

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Our distribution channels are through non-governmental organisations,Deaf Associations,Deaf Schools and Ministry of Health .

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you Jack.Great questions.Our distribution channels are through non governmental organisations,Deaf Schools,Ministry of Health.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    It is meant for anyone with a hearing disability.Our solar powered hearing aids are compatible to 80% of all the hearing aid batteries on the market.If there is no sun you can use the fluorescent light to charge the solar powered hearing aids.I met interacted with a lot of hearing impaired across the world.You can check this video

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you so much Angela for your kind words

  • Josh Pritchard

    I couldn’t agree more. So inspirational and just shows that there are good people out there. This is a great idea and will work for so many. I also like that hearing impaired are making the devices for the hearing impaired. I mean, who knows better than them. Amazing!

  • Marian326

    Thank for sharing this product with us. I cannot imagine losing my hearing, and I have always had a special place in my heart for those that are deaf. At one point in my life I wanted to teach students that are deaf.
    Two things struck me about this product, one is that the batteries are rechargeable, and that hearing impaired individuals are producing the product to supply other hearing impaired people.
    When I think of people in developing countries, I think about water, food, and housing. I admit that I forget to take into consideration that there are those that are hearing impaired, or affected with other physical disabilities.
    I applaud Solar Ear for working towards filling the void in people’s ability to hear.
    Is this product available here in the United States? My mother uses hearing aides and I am surprised how many batteries the hearing aides use.
    Thank you!!

  • Katie Ackerman

    Keep up the amazing work. It is people like you that make the world a better place. Is there any way of supporting or donating to this cause?

  • Katie Ackerman

    I love that you made the connection of music and Africa. We all take things like our hearing for granted. I agree, I think it is beautiful that they are able to bring such a wonderful product to a continent that’s culture is rooted in music!

  • Jessica Mendoza

    Glad you agree! I hope for the same thing. Thank you for your response! Can’t wait to read more of your articles.

  • Taylor Schulz

    No problem! I hope to see posts on updates!

  • Brittney Glende

    Thank you for responding back, and thank you for posting this video this was so informative. Wow the ear piece is so incredibly small. That is truly amazing! Also how neat that you were able to interact with these individuals who were deaf and learn more about them. What you do is so inspirational.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you.We have a distributor in Canada,here are the contact details:
    Momentum Sales,1947 Bough Beeches Blvd,Mississauga,Ontario,Canada,L4W 2J8
    Tel:905-624-0992
    e-mail:[email protected]

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Much Appreciated.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA

    Thank you for your kind words.

  • TENDEKAYI KATSIGA
  • WolfgramKA06

    Wow, what a terrific article. Whenever I think of hearing loss, I think of elderly people, but I know it happens to lots of different people and lots of age groups. It’s amazing to see what this company did in order to help a struggling country. Does this company make any other sorts of products? Can you get these hearing devices in the U.S.?

  • Caitlin Snyder

    You are welcome. Thank you for this amazing article! Can’t wait to read more from you!

  • clemonsel02

    This article shows how one person finding something wrong can take an idea and change it to Help benefit the world! These hearing aids are remarkable and I think that having them be able to be recharged by the sun is smart for those families that are from lower income. I was wondering how much they would cost or how you would give them out?

  • Kobajr18

    Great article! This idea makes it possible for less fortunate people throughout the world to be able to afford hearing aids. Hearing is something we all take for granted every day and this now makes it possible for someone to get back one of their senses. Its truly amazing. This goes much further than hearing aids though, other solar technology is being created to provide things like clean water and energy. I’m curious what the cost of this product will be.

  • Kobajr18

    I agree with you Marian. When I think of of a third world country the first thing coming to mind is the essentials to survive. It slips my mind that people have disabilities on top of the struggle to simply survive. Solar Ear is working to help people just be able to hear again and that is fantastic. I tip my hat to all those involved.

  • Kobajr18

    To be able to hear is something I take for granted every day. I couldn’t imagine waking up not being able to hear. Solar Ear has created this amazing product that gives people back the ability to hear at a more affordable price. This is truly amazing!!

  • Kobajr18

    I completely agree Katie! That was one of the first things that came to my mind as well. People with a hearing impairment went out and changed the lives of so many people. I hope this company completely takes off and continues to change the life of others! Thank you for the comment!

  • Marian326

    I am glad that you agree, but mostly I am glad that our awareness has been aroused to the plight of those in developing countries that struggle with disabilities. I complain that buildings I use are not always as handicap accessible as I think they should be. I’m spoiled, and I need to keep in mind that many people all over the world have much greater barriers to overcome then some of us have here in the U.S.. I am thankful to have been made aware of other’s needs and struggles.

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this video. I think having a solar hearing aid is a great idea. There is always sun in Africa so it is easy to do and environmental friendly as well! It is amazing how one idea can change so many people’s life. Hearing is something that people take for granted and not lots of people in Africa are able to hear because of this product. Can people in the U.S. get this product?

  • This product is life changing and I genuinely hope it expands all across the world and help more people. To be able to hear is something people take for granted every day. I personally couldn’t imagine waking up not being able to hear. Thank you for creating such products to aid hearing problems as well as to help the environment. Thank you for sharing!

  • Fabian Laguna

    Entrepreneurship is awesome. I encourage everyone to be an entrepreneur (including myself). It is amazing and a times nerve-wrecking to see the rapid progress the practice provides. Nevertheless, when observing instances such as this, one is reminded of the immense value an entrepreneur creates.

  • Joseph

    couldn’t agree more. this idea is going to help out so many people not only in less fortunate countries but as well as in the united states. This product is so amazing. Its going to give the ability to people who were unable to hear things before to actually hear things nows.

  • Monique

    This idea is great! There are so many opportunities to take products that have been taken for granted in the first world and use them to help those at the BOP. There are many products that those at the BOP need to live and are willing to buy at a reasonable price. If we have enough innovative entrepreneurs who can help the BOP by creating needed products, at affordable prices, and in a scalable way, they can help raise many people out of poverty. For example, with Solar Ear the poor are now able to hear and take on jobs or opportunities that they were cut off from before. This is great! I’m glad that we have such great people inventing these types of ideas.

  • Caitlin Snyder

    This is amazing! It’s crazy all the things we have right in front of us that we take for granted!

  • Caitlin Snyder

    That is a question I would like to know as well. It would be amazing if this product spread outside of Africa! It is amazing what you can do with resources like the sun that we regularly take for granted!

  • Kobajr18

    Absolutely! We all take something for granted and this really makes you appreciate what you have!

  • Kobajr18

    Unbelievable how an idea so simple can change the world. It all starts with the drive to help others and has a trickle down effect from there. This is awesome.

  • Kobajr18

    Took the words out of my mouth. There is no downside to this product. It helps everyone so much its absolutely incredible. Love the idea, love the product, and everything that comes with it. Incredible really.

  • Kobajr18

    Great comment. Love that this is all solar powered. Reduces carbon footprints while helping so many people around the world!

  • Kobajr18

    I’ve been looking for updates as well. Excited to see some!

  • Kobajr18

    I have also been interested in volunteer work in developing countries. This idea is something that I wish I could have thought of myself. Helps so many people and changes lives for the better.

  • Drew

    It really does! I really want this idea to take off and go somewhere! Helping all these people can really turn out for the better! What did you like about this article?

  • Angela Hoch

    Tendekayi Katsiga,

    You are truly inspiring. I think it’s absolutely
    fantastic that you work with hearing impaired people, and see the true
    potential in them. I also had no idea, like Brittney, that over 200 million
    people are hearing impaired in Africa alone. That’s insane! It’s a blessing
    that Solar Ear was developed to help these individuals in need, and how our own
    sun is used to power these devises. It’s brilliant! I am so thankful for people
    like you who are so giving, and have a huge heart to make a difference. It
    truly a blessing, and thank you so much for spreading the word, and changes
    lives forever. You should be so proud of yourself. I hope I can do something as
    wonderful, and life changing like you did someday 🙂 You’re an inspiration!
    Thank you so much.

  • Daniel John

    I agree that this is an awesome product that is afforadable and would make an impact on the world. Do you think the quality would be better with the solar powered vs battery powered?

  • Drew

    I love the solar power idea! As you see today everything that works off of battery dies a whole lot faster than not. I believe that solar power would be charging if you happen to be in the sun! The problem with battery is that they aren’t eco-friendly and don’t charge back up!

  • Daniel John

    I agree, I believe the solar powered style would be much more effictive and cheaper. This could solve so many hearing problems in the United States. My dad is losing his hearing and would benefit from this. I think it’s a great product and I hope it becomes more popular to change the world. Do you think the solar ear would still charge the same on a cloudy day?

  • Max Rude

    Wow it’s sad that more people are not like you. The fact that we have such a hugh problem but most of us never even knew. then there are people working so hard to fix a problem that many media sources seem not to care about.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    wow this is an amazing idea. sometimes you dont think about these kinds of things but this is incredible. keep up the good work there needs to be more people like you in the world to make such a difference.

  • mbah7

    I am so proud of what these people have done. You hear about so many troubles that plague the African continent and its people but you never hear anything when it comes to the disables like the deaf so im definitely glad there is something being done to help them too.

  • Kyle moore

    200 million? Wow, that is absurd. The most known problem is always about the famine and how people in Africa are homeless or starving. Now I’ve personally heard of this problem and that is why it amazes me. I dont know exactly what the number is here in America but I do not believe it is close to that because of the specialists we have and the ability of technology to change these problems into solutions. The question though is, with this ebola outbreak and everything that happens, should America get involved and if so how?

  • Hie Katie.Compliments of the new season!Are you still interested in supporting or donating to our organisation?We have a new program were we collaborate with deaf schools in underprivileged communities where individuals or organisations can purchase solar chargers from our organisation and we supply batteries for free to the school .We believe that only through education we can only brake the cycle of poverty.Let me know your thoughts.

  • Beniamin Martis

    Every problem is the potential of a business. This is a great way to open a business, and help people on the same time. True Leaders have the solutions for peoples needs.

  • Kaylie Mae Kuhnke

    great way to turn a problem into a business solution. creating a business that helps so many people is an amazing idea.

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    I’m wondering when someone will chime in as to how deafness is such an exclusive problem in Africa. When did this happen and why; How?

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