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.
All water is not equal, and all solutions for clean water aren't either. iDE will be at the World Water Week conference to promote water-smart technology and building markets for sanitation—solutions that work.August 22 2016
iDE is on a mission to solve poverty. We've already reached over 23 million people using the power of entrepreneurship to increase incomes and improve livelihoods. Now we're going to reach 20 million more.August 21 2016
Cambodia is on track to reach its goal of toilet access for 100% of its population by 2025, and now they are training other countries in how to replicate their amazing success.August 17 2016