Why Talking Books?
For people in developing countries, access to knowledge can transform lives.
Development agencies struggle to reach and serve the most remote and marginalized rural communities with access to information.
At the same time, they also lack an adequate understanding of each community's specific needs. There are too many villages, too far apart — and too many barriers. Challenges include poor road conditions, illiteracy, gender inequities, unreliable electricity and internet, and expensive mobile data.
But access to knowledge impacts food security, health, income, and more.
adults and youth lack basic literacy skills
people live without electricity
adults in low and middle-income countries don't have mobile phones—including 400 million women
don't use mobile internet because of cost, illiteracy, safety and security, and other barriers
How do we bridge the knowledge gap?
The Amplio Talking Book overcomes the barriers in remote rural communities. It's recognized by UNESCO as an inclusive digital solution for low-literate adults and youth, including women and girls—and the knowledge sharing goes both ways.
The Talking Book advantage
Designed for illiterate users
Works without electricity or internet
Delivers hours of content on-demand
Collects usage data for program monitoring
Records and elevates community voices
Provides access to women and marginalized groups
“The best technologies meet women where they are, and the Amplio Talking Book is at the top of my list. It addresses all the constraints that women face, be it literacy, cost, safety, security, or relevance."
Revi Sterling, Director, USAID’s WomenConnect Challenge
Help share knowledge and transform lives.
Millions of people lack basic literacy skills and access to information. Together, we can reach them. Help share knowledge to empower vulnerable communities.