This solar MP3 player is being used to empower illiterate women in east Africa. Uridu is a German non-profit that is using solar-powered MP3 players to fight poverty, starting with rural women in developing communities.
The rugged listening devices are a way to transmit knowledge in areas without electricity to uneducated women. The gadgets are equipped with over 400 questions and answered on relevant topics such as nutrition, health, income generation, child care and family planning. The content is also being translated into more than 100 languages to effectively reach more people in different countries.
This program not only addresses a key barrier people face in eliminating poverty -- education -- the solar MP3 player is also an environmentally friendly solution.