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.
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.
Solving Poverty with Profit.
Our founder, Paul Polak, was working in Somalia in the early eighties when he began to develop his philosophies and methodologies related to market-based solutions and human-centered design for solving poverty.
Today, we continue to build on those founding principles, living where we work, and always putting the needs of the poor and vulnerable at the center of everything we do.
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
iDE Global WASH Innovation and Performance Manager Greg Lestikow will join World Vision on Monday, November 27 at 9pm (MT) to discuss affordable sanitation strategies, focusing on targeted subsidies in iDE’s flagship sanitation marketing program in Cambodia.November 20, 2017
iDE uses an innovative approach to train the government to encourage customers to purchase improved latrines, promote handwashing, and ensure local businesses know how to produce and install affordable, hygienic WASH products.October 11, 2017
iDE Global WASH Direcotr Yi Wei shares lessons learned in building markets for sanitation. iDE is featured in a blog post by WASHfunders, along with UK Department for International Development (DFID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Thrive Networks, on designing and implementing innovative results-based WASH programs.November 6, 2017