Our impact

13

social enterprises in Bangladesh

80%

of BRAC’s income in Bangladesh self-financed through its own activities

65k

artisans linked to markets

50k

dairy farmers linked to markets

BRAC’s social enterprises solve social challenges and deliver impact.

For decades, BRAC’s social enterprises have met community needs and helped people grow their incomes and reach their potential. We also reinvest profits from our enterprises into our development programs, making our work more sustainable and enabling us to deliver impact at scale. That means your support goes farther.

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Our approach

Triple bottom line

While most businesses focus on profit, BRAC’s social enterprises have three bottom lines: people, planet, and profit. Our enterprises prioritize meeting community needs first, emphasize environmental sustainability, and are financially profitable.

Triple bottom line

Brac dairy and food project - Afroza Begum

Strengthening markets

Each of BRAC’s 13 enterprises have a clear social mission, from helping farmers to grow their incomes to empowering rural artisans to rise above poverty. Our ventures in craft, dairy, poultry, seed, and more fill market gaps to introduce quality supplies, create livelihood opportunities, grow small businesses, and establish markets for people’s goods and services, spurring economic development and empowering people in poverty to improve their lives.

Strengthening markets

BRAC Dairy

Sustainable impact

Our social enterprises generate revenue that enables us to finance our other critical work to support people in poverty. In 2019, more than 80% of BRAC’s income was self-financed from social enterprises and microfinance activities, reducing our dependence on donors and amplifying our impact.

Sustainable impact

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At the most fundamental level, all of our social enterprises arise from the needs of our programs and our clients. Thus, it would be impossible for us to develop an enterprise that did not align with our mission, because the starting point is always the mission.”
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC Founder
For more details on our financial inclusion programs, download our fact sheet.

Where we work

Bangladesh

BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and remains headquartered in Dhaka today. Our first and largest country of operation, BRAC runs a comprehensive suite of programs in nearly every corner of the country.

Bangladesh

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Liberia

More than half of Liberia’s population lives below the poverty line, the largest proportion of any country where BRAC works. We launched operations in Liberia in 2008 with a goal of tackling the challenge holistically.

Liberia

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Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, but widespread poverty still persists. BRAC launched its first financial inclusion programs in Tanzania in 2006, and has since expanded its work across a variety of programs to address poverty holistically.

Tanzania

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Program highlights

Women affected by the Rohingya crisis are the newest artisans behind Bangladesh's leading lifestyle brand

In partnership with the UN Refugee Agency, our new skills program in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh has trained nearly 400 Rohingya refugees and women from the host community as artisans and connected them with a buyer: BRAC's flagship social enterprise, Aarong.

Our work in action

Ritu grows her business with BRAC Dairy

After being married at a young age, Ritu had no source of income. She purchased a cow and sold milk at the local market, but her earnings were modest, and her family was trapped in a cycle of poverty. Now, as a client of BRAC Dairy, Ritu has a consistent place to sell her milk for a fair price, and she has grown her business into a thriving dairy farm with over 25 cattle.

Our most critical programs for vulnerable families around the world depend on the generosity of people like you.