While decreased free time reduces moments and ability to read physical books, audio programs offer people a way to still access their favorite stories.
We believe Africa has a rich heritage of great stories captured in both written and spoken forms. Since the beginning of time, we have always made sense of the world and ourselves through stories told around fires, cooking pots and under trees. Storytelling has been the way we communicate and share experiences, nature moral behaviors, and record moments.
However, for a long time now African stories and happenings have mostly been told by others but Africans. Hence, Africa has been misunderstood. There is not the revisit its history tell its story with from the African Perspective.
Busy routines have left us with little time to read a physical book. Besides, visually impairment continues to deny millions of people around a chance to learn and get information they need a problem that audio and hence the increasing hunger for audio stories.
PortableVoices strives to produce and distribute diversified content that not only entertain but also engage and empower our audiences to be better.
A brief History of PortableVoices
2006: Allan Gets Eye Injury
In 2006, Allan (founder) was hit by a ball while playing football in school. After several checkups, he was allowed to proceed with his studies as he continued using the medicine and glasses to reduce the light intensity.
However, after several months, the conditions got worse. His right eye started straining too and so the glasses that were meant to reduce light could not help because the right eye could not keep up with the constant change ot the light intensity. This forced him to be studying from home in a slightly dark room.
2010: Allan’s Friend Loses Vision
He remembers in 2010, one of his classmates losing vision when he was in the middle of the final examinations and he had to drop out of exams for immediate treatment at PCEA Kikuyu Hospital in Nairobi. It was painful for him that when his friend came back from hospital, he had to go back to form 3 since his last class had graduated and he could not be allowed do exams when he came back together with that year’s candidates even though the school knew it was because of medical emergency he had not completed his KCSE. In addition, he remembers how the friend had to struggle to read the same books the other students with normal vision were using since the school was a mainstream school and not a special school for the blind and so he was expected to coupe.
2016: PortableVoices is Born
Fast forward to 2016, Allan was given a job to teach at a school in Kibera where he had been trained. During his teaching, he was expected to do research and so he faced the same challenges of not being able to read or watch videos for long. Thankfully, this time he came across business podcasts that he started listening and immediately realized that he was able to learn through the audio. He started using them in class to teach too. However, the problem was that he could not get podcasts done locally on the same topics.
It was then on that virtue of missing out and lack of locally made contents that inspired the start of PortableVoices with the help of several of his friends. PortableVoices has since dedicated to producing content with local perspectives that will not only entertain and engage our audience but also inform and enrich lives across the world while enabling international audiences understand African history and current Affairs.
2018: PortableVoices starts Ears4Eyes Program
We are taking this mission even further. We have established a non-profit making program within PortableVoices called Ears4Eyes, that will carry the vision forward. Through the program, PortableVoices will hence forth support education of the blind and partially sighted persons through making and distributing free content and providing scholarships and employment opportunities to visually challenged persons. You can support the vision bydonating to PortableVoices.