In 2007, BRAC and Living Goods initiated an exciting partnership in Uganda combining their resources and talents with the goal of building a financially sustainable social enterprise for defeating the diseases of poverty. BRAC is one of the largest NGOs in the world, with over 100,000 staff and millions of microfinance clients. BRAC is dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. Living Goods draws inspiration from BRAC’s dedication to serving those most in need and their decades of success in microfinance and public health.
BRAC began in Bangladesh in 1972 and over the course of its evolution established itself as a pioneer in tackling the many different realities of poverty. BRAC works with poor women, who are the most affected by poverty, and organizing the poor is at the heart of their work. BRAC operates through Village Organizations (VOs) each with 20-40 women who come together to access BRAC’s microfinance services, exchange information and raise awareness on social, legal and other issues in their daily lives. BRAC operates a highly successful, fully integrated model for poverty alleviation including services in human rights, legal aid, education, healthcare, social and economic empowerment, finance and enterprise development, agriculture, environmental sustainability and disaster preparedness. In addition to being one of the pioneers of the microfinance movement, BRAC has been a leader in advancing new strategies for improving the health of the poor. In Bangladesh, BRAC supports one the largest networks of volunteer community health workers and has led ground breaking work in the treatment of diarrhea and tuberculosis.
Over the years of the BRAC-Living Goods partnership, Living Goods has provided support in a wide range of areas, including: business planning, procurement, health communications, inventory management, monitoring and evaluation, as well as over $2 million in funding for the partnership. During this time, BRAC and Living Goods have learned a great deal both from and with each other. Learn more about BRAC at www.brac.net.