Our mission is to empower the world’s most vulnerable communities through knowledge sharing. 

Based in Seattle, Amplio is a nonprofit social enterprise that invents safe, proven, and reliable digital technology for reaching and sharing knowledge with people who live in rural, remote, and off-grid areas. Our technology overcome barriers, including low literacy, local languages, lack of electricity or internet, and gender norms and biases that limit access to information.  With the battery-powered Amplio Talking Book, our partners can deliver hours of targeted, local language audio content on any topic. Users can play messages on demand and record their feedback. A built-in speaker lets families and groups listen and learn together. As a result, people gain knowledge to improve their livelihoods and lives.

Since 2007, Talking Books have reached over one million listeners! We started out in Ghana, where we now have a country office. Today, we have Talking Book partners in new countries and regions, from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia, to Haiti and Bangladesh.

Together, we’re working to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals—and to ensure that no one is left behind.

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Our Values

In our strategic planning and day-to-day work, we keep our values in mind and at heart. They often come up in our conversations.  

Learning

Individually and as a team, we try new ideas, learn from our successes and failures, and share our learning with others.

Responsibility

We continually update and improve our technology and services to ensure Talking Book partner and program success.

Partnership

Through teamwork and collaboration, we can more effectively reach and impact the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Transparency

We communicate openly about what is working and what is not, and challenge each other’s thinking and expectations, to build trust.

Respect

We listen closely to the voices of others, especially those we serve, and value their insights and feedback.

Amplio Timeline

2021
Amplio launches a suite of self-service tools to help partners more efficiently and cost-effectively launch and run their programs. Talking Books expand to new countries and regions, including South Asia (Bangladesh) and Latin America (Haiti).

2020
Amplio passes a milestone, reaching over one million Talking Books listeners. Partners in Ghana, Zambia, and Liberia use Talking Books to maintain social distancing and launch and run new programs in spite of the covid-19 pandemic.

2019
With support from Arm, Amplio is developing a Talking Book v2 that will run on rechargeable batteries and an Arm microprocessor, improving sustainability and data security.

2018
In Kenya, USAID’s Afya Timiza project uses Talking Books to train and support community health volunteers. In Samburu County, intervention health facilities see, on average, a 110% increase in pregnant women completing four ANC visits.

2017 
Operating in East Africa through new and existing partnerships as well as amplifying our reach with UNICEF throughout Northern Ghana.

2016
Piloted Talking Book program in rural Kenya and developed affiliate program model.

2015
Partnered with AGRA to provide Talking Book programs for smallholder farmers in 73 communities throughout Northern Ghana.

2014
Partnered with MEDA to provide Talking Books for 600 women’s groups in the Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project.

2013
Partnered with UNICEF Ghana to reach 49 communities in the Upper West Region with maternal and child health education.

2011
Signed first partnership with World Cocoa Foundation.

2008
First Talking Book prototypes designed and field tested in Ghana.

2007
Literacy Bridge (now Amplio) founded.

Amplio Timeline

2021
Amplio launches a suite of self-service tools to help partners more efficiently and cost-effectively launch and run their programs. Talking Books expand to new countries and regions, including South Asia (Bangladesh) and Latin America (Haiti).

2020
Amplio passes a milestone, reaching over one million Talking Books listeners. Partners in Ghana, Zambia, and Liberia use Talking Books to maintain social distancing and launch and run new programs in spite of the covid-19 pandemic.

2019
With support from Arm, Amplio is developing a Talking Book v2 that will run on rechargeable batteries and an Arm microprocessor, improving sustainability and data security.

2018
In Kenya, USAID’s Afya Timiza project uses Talking Books to train and support community health volunteers. In Samburu County, intervention health facilities see, on average, a 110% increase in pregnant women completing four ANC visits.

2017 
Operating in East Africa through new and existing partnerships as well as amplifying our reach with UNICEF throughout Northern Ghana.

2016
Piloted Talking Book program in rural Kenya and developed affiliate program model.

2015
Partnered with AGRA to provide Talking Book programs for smallholder farmers in 73 communities throughout Northern Ghana.

2014
Partnered with MEDA to provide Talking Books for 600 women’s groups in the Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project.

2013
Partnered with UNICEF Ghana to reach 49 communities in the Upper West Region with maternal and child health education.

2011
Signed first partnership with World Cocoa Foundation.

2008
First Talking Book prototypes designed and field tested in Ghana.

2007
Literacy Bridge (now Amplio) founded.

Financials and 990s

We’re proud to achieve the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency. To reach the Platinum level, we added extensive information to our nonprofit profile, including quantitative information about goals, strategies, and progress toward our mission. View our GuideStar profile here.

Amplio is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. EIN 26-1335205.

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Awards and Recognition

We are honored to be recognized for our inclusive digital solution. By enabling more equitable access to information, we help empower vulnerable populations, including women and girls.

Selected for Arm’s 2030 Vision, an initiative that promotes cross-sector partnerships for technology solutions that support the UN Global Goals.

Awarded membership in Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), which connects global and emerging leaders to create innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges.

Recognized by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy as an inclusive digital technology that low-literate adults and youth can use to gain new skills and knowledge to improve their livelihoods and lives.

Received 2015 WISE Award at the World Innovation Summit for Education, a Qatar Foundation initiative to advance for innovative global education solutions.

Our founder and executive director Cliff Schmidt selected as a Microsoft Integral Fellow in 2014 and 2010.

Our founder was selected as the Tech Awards 2012 education laureate for using technology to improve lives.

 

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