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Entrepreneurs are everywhere.

Let’s hear it for supply chains. And micro loans. And sales agents on motorbikes. Let’s give people a chance to earn an income and buy aspirational products designed specifically for them. Let’s put our entrepreneurial spirit to work to inspire theirs.

Join us in solving global poverty
Since 1982

iDE has been putting business to work for the poor for more than three decades, using market based solutions to change the living conditions and livelihoods of millions of people around the globe.

20 Million More

We invite foundations, philanthropists, donors and social innovators to join us on a journey to transform 20 million more lives.

Become a 20 Million More Supporter

We're on a mission to develop innovative and compassionate solutions for the most pressing needs in the developing world.

Support from donors and foundations funds our efforts to directly address the parts of peoples’ lives that matter—we’re looking for what works, and you can help.

We have boots on the ground in eleven countries on three continents, and our teams live in the provinces, districts, and villages where we work.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT iDE

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    From treadle to solar

    Meet one of our first employees. Badrul Alam is leading the next wave of innovation in agricultural technology.

    January 25, 2017
  • Web Excerpt Nicaragua Francisco Espinoza
    The iDEal Way to Expand Drip Irrigation

    Social enterprises can fill a market gap. The model exists not simply to make a profit, but to ensure that community and societal objectives can be met. In Nicaragua, iDEal Tecnologías, iDE's irrigation social enterprise, fills the gap for farmers.

    March 28, 2017
  • Web Excerpt Ghana Sama Sama Launch Img 3045 1
    Leading the way to clean water and sanitation

    iDE Global WASH Director Yi Wei makes the case for why WASH organizations need to hire and grow business-savvy leaders—avoiding the pain and disruption caused by bad hiring decisions. On the other hand, great hires are self-driven to deliver, grow, and execute in a way that brings people and organizations together.

    March 22, 2017