Kyaro Assistive Tech is an NGO based in Arusha, Tanzania. Officially registered in 2021, Kyaro’s mission is to design and manufacture assistive devices that are affordable, appropriate, and appealing for people in East Africa.
Across Africa, more than 85 million people are currently living with a disability. People with disabilities are often among the poorest and most marginalized in society, and pervasive social stigma frequently prevents them from obtaining or even seeking the care and support that they need.
Assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, braces, and standing frames, are difficult to find in East Africa, and those that are available are prohibitively expensive. Even people who are able to find and afford assistive devices often discover that these devices are not appropriate for their living conditions. Because most individuals with disabilities in East Africa lack access to physical therapy, early intervention, and even basic healthcare, their conditions progress in ways unseen in developed countries, rendering many imported devices ineffective. Similarly, devices designed for paved, ramp-filled cities fail to meet the needs of users living in areas with dirt roads and limited infrastructure, and their rugged, intimidating designs perpetuate the existing culture of shame surrounding people with disabilities. These problems can only be solved with local, user-centric solutions. That’s where Kyaro comes in.
Kyaro Assistive Tech designs, manufactures, and delivers personalized assistive devices that allow people with disabilities to connect with the spaces around them. We work extensively with users to design devices that are affordable, appropriate for the environment, and visually appealing. Kyaro’s goal is to make devices that are a source of empowerment, enthusiasm, and pride for their owners.
The right assistive device can transform a person’s life, improving not only their physical health but also their self-confidence, social relationships, and educational opportunities. Kyaro Assistive Tech envisions a world where everyone has access to a life of autonomy, dignity, and community, and we are building it one assistive device at a time.
Chief Communications Officer, Kyaro Assistive Tech