Proximity Designs is an award-winning, social enterprise based in Yangon, Myanmar that designs, makes, and delivers affordable, income-boosting products and services that complement the entrepreneurial spirit of rural families. They focus on irrigation technology, agricultural knowledge and financial services for small farmers that help open up new economic opportunities.
Founded in 2004, their products and services have improved the lifestyles, and boosted the incomes of over 484,000 rural households (almost 2.5 million people) across the country, by more than US$231 million. To reach scale and maximise impact, they apply a business model and design thinking to their mission. With user-centered design at their core, they design products and services that are cost-conscious, well-designed, high-quality, aesthetically attractive, convenient and provide a great user experience. By treating farmers as customers, rather then beneficiaries, Proximity is able to achieve large-scale social impact while their aspirational rural customers have the dignity to decide through the market whether they value the products and services.
For more information on Proximity Designs visit their website here.
Headquartered in Malaysia since 2007, Scope Group’s mission is to create impact by design through harnessing the power of social innovation and partnerships for social good and leveraging technology and cross-sector collaborations to deliver.
Scope Group’s expertise lies in supporting the “people” element of change and impact creation: engaging stakeholders, facilitating processes, coaching, leading and challenging the change process within organisations big and small. This often involves working in and between sectors to craft strategies, form synergy partnerships, and implement projects.
In 2015 and 2016, Scope Group managed an ASEAN-wide social innovation competition in 10 countries, with 1,200 social innovators. Scope Group worked with over 30 impact partners including corporations, governments, multilateral agencies and philanthropic organisations interested in investing in innovations for sustainable communities and resilient nations.
The ASEAN Impact Challenge winners for 2016 were Siam Organic, who created an organic rice product, which benefits local farmers and the environment, and water filtration solutions by Water Roam, which are designed to bring about the quickest access to clean drinking water at disaster-hit locations, and help to promote social change in rural development areas.
Scope Group also runs Impact Hub KL, a community and creative space for those who want to join together to make a difference. Their diverse community consists of impact driven individuals and organisations which include entrepreneurs, social businesses, freelancers, corporates, start-ups, creatives and many more.