PLAIN INK

Working at the place where education, inspiration and action meet, Plain Ink ignite imagination to create a new narrative for the world.
Through the stories told, people gain new skills, increase literacy levels and engage communities around the world in finding their own solutions

13,600

children directly involved

42

storytellers trained

7,000

comics books distributed

Books to fight social exclusion

Low literacy levels are closely linked to poverty, this is why basic literacy initiatives – along with public health and food security programs – are fundamental to spark local development. Plain Ink plots a way out of poverty, educating communities to fill their bellies with the food they need, their minds with innovative ideas for action, and their hearts with the courage to believe in change.
Bright, engaging and captivating, their comics and books are written in bilingual versions, richly illustrated, and tell original stories aimed at sparking curiosity and passing on vital information for local development. The stories they create reach children and communities through public performances and radio programs

Stories crafting a better world

Plain Ink provides children, young people and communities with tools that are context-relevant and workshops on intercultural understanding, public health, food security, human rights, technology and social entrepreneurship.
The Only The Brave Foundation has supported Plain Ink since its launch and initial operations. Thanks to this funding, Plain Ink was able to print and distribute its first book in November 2011 and started implementing its courses in India and Afghanistan. The Quessa Academy in Kabul offers subjects such as English, Community Development and Storytelling

Plain Ink currently works in Afghanistan, India and Italy. After over 30 years of war, Afghanistan has a literacy rate of just 25%, among the lowest in the world, and India is home to the largest illiterate population in the world.
In Italy, 10% of the population have foreign origins, of which 1 million are children. Despite this, there is a lack of practical tools developed to promote respect, integration and multicultural dialogue and understanding. For Plain Ink Education is a human right and, as such, it must be available to everyone

PEOPLE

Selene Biffi

Founder

"You don’t need to be extraordinary to do extraordinary things. Each of us, however small, has the possibility to change things"