Plain Ink

Plain Ink is an Italian based social enterprise harnessing the power of stories, books and comics to help circumnavigate the stumbling blocks of poverty and social exclusion.

Plain Ink publishes children’s books in Italy promoting intercultural understanding and integration. Then uses the profits from sales to finance educational programs in rural India and Afghanistan. These programs, which use comics to make their message accessible to non-readers as well as the illiterate, emphasize for instance the importance of hygiene in preventing disease.

The Only The Brave Foundation has supported Plain Ink’s 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.

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Facts and Figures

  • 18 months of operation
  • 2000 comics printed and distributed in India
  • 587 books sold in Italy
  • 4 states where the comic is distributed in India
  • 2 continents reached: Europe and Asia
  • 2800 children and adults participated at readings, presentations and events in Italy


Plain Ink

Plain Ink – Founder receives Rolex Award for Enterprise