Financial inclusion

July 11, 2019

Jhorna Fabrics: Fit for a queen

Jhorna Islam is somewhat of a local celebrity in Tongi, Duttapara. While there are many clothing shops in the area, the uniqueness of her designs stand out, and the quality of the cutting and material used is noticeably high. 
July 10, 2019

Turning passion into profession: An intern’s day out in the field

Going to work for the last three months meant being surrounded by blooming morning glories and green creepers. BRAC’s headquarters is in the heart of the capital, Dhaka, but it’s making waves in thousands of lives across Bangladesh and 10 other countries.
April 21, 2019

A green step out of poverty

Can we tackle extreme poverty and protect the environment at the same time? Learn how this programme is doing both.
March 11, 2019

The start-up stories you do not hear about

Our search for business inspiration often starts and ends in million-dollar companies, glossy tech start-ups and management books. We often do not know the stories behind the labels closest to us. Behind-the-label narratives are not only found in huge export-oriented ready-made garments factories, but on the streets around us.
January 24, 2019

Achieving the good things: BRAC microfinance in 2018

From introducing new services and pilot products to improvements in process and delivery, we continued on our journey towards achieving our goal of financial inclusion.
November 14, 2018

An engine of our growth

Agriculture plays a powerful role in poverty reduction, according to a study done by BRAC’s research and evaluation division. The study revealed that the agricultural sector can reduce poverty-related sufferings faster than other sectors.
October 31, 2018

How does microfinance support social transformation?

Microfinance is the idea that individuals from low-income backgrounds are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty if given access to financial services. This starts with what most of us take for granted - savings, insurance and credit facilities.
October 23, 2018

Bridging the digital gender divide in financial inclusion

Partnerships are key to unlocking the potential of technology for the most excluded, especially women.
September 25, 2018

Can empathy end poverty?

The connection between Zakia and Firoza becomes instantly evident when you see them talk to each other. Firoza listens intently as Zakia speaks in a soft, empathetic tone. For Firoza, Zakia is not only a manager apa (sister) from BRAC - she is the only person who she trusts completely.
September 12, 2018

BRAC’s tablet journey: Revolutionising microfinance operations in Bangladesh

Clay houses with tin roofs. The occasional moo of cows. Everything gave an impression of a world disconnected from modern technology in the village of Juranpur, Bangladesh.
September 5, 2018

Give credit to a woman – and you uplift her family

Access to finance – be that credit, or savings, is a universal need. People living in poverty are disproportionately excluded from the formal financial system. Access to finance is particularly difficult for women in Bangladesh with 64% of women left out of formal financial services.
September 1, 2018

Creating the future I want

Bangladesh has enjoyed considerable economic growth over the past few decades, however its employment driven opportunities have been sluggish. Such proliferation of 'jobless growth' is a result of inadequate opportunities for the large wave of young people who are prepared to enter the workforce but cannot seem to do so.