All over the world, small businesses are vital economic drivers, creating jobs and catalyzing growth.

Access to opportunity and prosperity are key elements in fostering stability. Entrepreneurship allows people to unlock their potential and create their own jobs, key in fostering stability for families and communities.

Building Flourishing Economies

Small businesses are a high priority for governments as it indicates growth and stability. Yet growing and scaling businesses requires support for entrepreneurs.

We are working with our partners in Central and South Asia to lay the groundwork for broad and inclusive economic development. Our initiatives work in communities that would otherwise lack access to inspiring mentors, business model advice, technical support, and tailored financing designed to unlock growth. With this support, entrepreneurs can build their businesses, critical in stable, sustained growth for their families and communities.

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Integrated Development

Poverty is a complex problem but we make progress when we we link our efforts across all sectors, from health and education to infrastructure and youth.

Civil Society

Informed and engaged people with the tools to shape their own futures is key to sustainable development. We take a broad view of civil society as private energies for public good, whether that’s a small savings group or a large public partnership. Our programs bring together partners, local organizations, and governments to address priorities.

Early Child Development

New research shows a child’s earliest years can have a lifelong impact. This calls for an approach that gives parents and caregivers the tools they need. Working with our partners, we’re developing a set of tools that will help children thrive during this critical time.

Access to Electricity

Reliable electricity can transform a community’s home life, schools, healthcare, and economy. Access to power is a key step on the path out of poverty. We work with partners and communities to take that step.

Economic Inclusion

Entrepreneurship allows people to unlock their potential and create their own jobs. We work with our partners and communities to support this drive. This includes access to mentors, business advice, technical help, and tailored financing, all designed to unlock growth.