-William J. Clinton, 41st President of the United States-
BRAC’s social enterprises empower the poor to be improve their economic livelihood through enterprises that address critical community needs. BRAC’s social enterprises provide value-chain linkages to support self-employment ventures of the poor to increase productivity and efficiency of their enterprises. Business profits help finance BRAC’s development programs, making the organization over 70 percent self-sustaining.
Triple Bottom Line – People, Planet, Profit
BRAC Social Enterprises are both financially and socially profitable ventures in sectors like craft, dairy, poultry, fisheries and seed. Designed to benefit the poor, these enterprises help fulfill BRAC’s social mission at a greater scale – by supporting micro-enterprise development, generating livelihood opportunities, training entrepreneurs to improve their skills and introducing better quality inputs to increase productivity of their assets. BRAC helps community members become self-sustaining producers, and ensure market access for their products and services.
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.
Each of BRAC’s 17 enterprises have a clear social mission, ranging from helping farmers develop improved breeds of livestock to empowering rural artisans to rise above poverty:
- BRAC Fisheries
- BRAC Artificial Insemination
- BRAC Nursery
- BRAC Chicken
- BRAC Poultry
- BRAC Cold Storage
- BRAC Poultry Rearing
- BRAC Dairy
- BRAC Printing Pack
- BRAC Feed Mills
- BRAC Recycled Handmade Paper
- BRAC Kanon
- BRAC Salt
- BRAC Sanitary Napkin and Delivery Kits
- BRAC Seeds
- BRAC Sericulture
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
BRAC Social Enterprises
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Watch how BRAC transformed the Bangladeshi dairy industry to benefit the working poor.