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.
iDE InCompass – Human Centered Innovation lab
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
inCompass is a non-profit consulting practice within iDE, based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. inCompass is the first innovation lab of its kind in Asia, with a mission to bring the best practices in innovation to serve the poor trhough Human Centered Design approach.
Carpets for Communities
Mitpheap Village, Cambodia & Mandurah, Australia
Carpets for Communities is a non-profit social enterprise which aims to break the cycle of poverty through supporting education and sustainable development solutions. The project aims to offer immediate intervention, followed by a transition to a more sustainable solution through various micro businesses.
Dhaka, Bangladesh & Cotabato City, Philippines
BRAC is a development organisation dedicated to alleviate poverty by empowering under-resourced people, and helping them to bring about positive changes in their lives by creating opportunities. Their priorities focus on women, health and education, farmers through empowerment and inclusive financial services and self-sustaining solutions. BRAC’s main strength is thinking local, acting global.
Financial Solutions for Post-Disaster Communities
IDEO.org is the non-profit arm of design firm IDEO, working with a human centered design approach to shape products, processes and business systems. Their ‘Financial Solutions for Post-Disaster Communities‘ was initiated six months after the devastating Typhoon Yolanda. IDEO.org partnered with Mercy Corps, BanKO, and CauseLabs to explore how to help communities in the Philippines rebuild their financial lives through the use of mobile banking tools. They are continuing to design new financial products to support the financial security for the future.