The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Seeing Hands blind massage

Your title/position Founder &CEO
Type of Enterprise registered company
Website seeinghands.am
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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

In 2 years of operation, Seeing Hands has employed over 6 visually impaired masseurs, and has trained another 15pp. Our project offers hope to the differently abled, which have largely been ignored by the societies and governments of post-soviet Eastern Europe. We have received numerous calls from new visually impaired applicants also looking for honourable work. We offer exclusive massage services to the guests of three luxury hotels in Yerevan, as well as to the employees of 2 major tech companies. We are currently negotiating contracts with one of Armenia's largest banks.

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Sustainability and future plans

The seeing-hands model can be applied to further include the differently abled in countries where resources, and government funding are hard to come by. We intend to continue training visually impaired masseurs because there will always be a need for good, and affordable massages. We also intend to pair up with charitable organizations, and other funding forms to train people with other disabilities living in disadvantaged communities into members of a productive workforce by turning their handicaps into advantages. For instance, we have plans to train the hearing impaired in rural areas as graphic designers, allowing them to work remotely from their homes, creating sustainable jobs by cutting out the negative effects of commuting and removing the need for handouts and government care. Projects such as these will help inject much needed investment in these communities, and will empower the differently abled as local, independent workers, as well as consumers. Our future plan includes; To prepare 30 massage therapists. There are over 20 major tech companies in Armenia employing over 15 000 people, to segin the contract with all IT companies. We plan to enter to the Russian market which is much larger. The Black Sea Coast in Georgia is a known resting spot for many white collar workers. To franchise this concept around the world.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am a 31 year old psychologist-turned-entrepreneur from Yerevan Armenia. I have always had a curious and entrepreneurial side to my personality. In the past, I co-founded the most-read Armenian psychology and lifestyle website, youandworld.com, when, while working as a psychologist, I recognised the need for easy-to-read, accurate answers to psychological questions amongst Armenians. My love for literature has also lead me to found Armenias first ever digital audiobooks company askaudiobooks.com. While recording the armenian-language audiobooks, I came agross an NGO working with the visually impaired giving them a copy of each book I recorded. It was while using these facilities that I was exposed to the real-life problems, ands stigma which Armenias visually impaired constantly deal with, and helped inspire me to found Seeing Hands, as a way to provide them with sustainable, honourable work. My entrepreneurial career has been driven by a passion for learning, a need to help those in community, and love of adventure. I have been greatly shaped by these experiences, which have helped me become a better, and more productive member of society.

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Comments

August 24, 2016 04:47

Great project if propelled! Don't give up because it can transform society through solutions it carries. I support it by votes and comments.

July 27, 2016 12:25

Thank you for appreciating especially "to add value to the society" part

July 27, 2016 09:06

wow!!! this is indeed a good and sustainable initiative. it adds great value to the society

July 18, 2016 08:16

Your idea is a good one just casted my vote your idea. I will appreciate if help me do same in the best project category using the link; https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/ibeabuchichris/ideas/my-ideas/5055/
Thanks

July 18, 2016 08:14

Your idea is a good one just casted my vote your idea. I will appreciate if help me do same using the https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/ibeabuchichris/ideas/my-ideas/5055/
Thanks

Arevik

July 15, 2016 17:26

The best massage in Armenia. Just incredible place! Awesome idea!!

July 13, 2016 07:56

thank you guys for your comments,

July 13, 2016 07:56

thank you guys for your comments,

July 12, 2016 22:38

I real like your Idea and I casted my votes to U. Keep it up. U may also pass through my project and leave your comment...

Asdeghik

July 9, 2016 21:50

Awesome innovative idea!

July 8, 2016 13:42

done

July 8, 2016 13:13

I vote to your project! I need also your vote in the Best Ideas category. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/4678/?show-vote=

Vahe

July 7, 2016 15:57

This is a great idea that benefits both the visually impaired and those working in the IT industry.