-William J. Clinton, 41st President of the United States-
BRAC’s social enterprises address critical community needs, catalyze economic development, and empower the poor. Its social enterprises create value-chain linkages that enable people living in poverty to increase the productivity and efficiency of their self-employment ventures. Profits from the enterprises are reinvested in BRAC’s development programs, making the organization over 70 percent self-sustaining.
The success of BRAC’s social enterprises not only allows them to maintain their commitment to alleviating poverty, but generates significant revenues which in turn support BRAC’s development programs. Currently BRAC’s activities are financed internally at a rate of 73%, which reducing donor dependency, while allocating funds to re-investment in the enterprises themselves.
AarongBRAC’s flagship social enterprise, Aarong, was created in 1978 to create livelihoods for women in the crafts sector as well as to protect and promote livelihoods in traditional artisanal crafts. It was established as a retail outlet that offered a fair price, timely payments and design support, while introducing high quality uniquely designed crafts to urban markets. Aaron reaches more than 65,000 artisans. Read more
BRAC DairyBRAC Dairy, one of BRAC’s largest social and most innovative enterprises, addresses inefficiencies along the dairy supply chain, ultimately increasing the market stability and ensuring fair compensation for dairy farmers and provide high quality milk products to urban consumers. Today, BRAC Dairy collects around 120,000 litres of milk each day from 54,000 marginalized farmers and markets the product under its Aarong Dairy brand. Read more
BRAC ChickenBRAC Chicken is a driving force for poultry sector growth in Bangladesh and is a key local supplier for KFC. Today BRAC’s poultry operations include poultry farms that produce high-yield varieties of day-old chicks, commercial broiler farms that produce adult chickens, a broiler processing plant and even a poultry disease diagnostics laboratory. Read more
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Watch how BRAC transformed the Bangladeshi dairy industry to benefit the working poor.