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Mar 5, 2021

Building Inclusive Supply Chains

IFC’s latest publication “Building Inclusive Supply Chains” shows how MUJI has built an inclusive supply chain positively impacting on small producers at the base of the pyramid (BOP) who are mostly women, and how its stakeholders perceive its benefits. The report reflects direct feedback gathered during interviews and surveys conducted by IFC with different stakeholders in MUJI's supply chain -- including producers, customers, employees, and management. The report highlights key challenges and opportunities that stem from engagement with the BOP producers in emerging markets. It also provides insights into good practice in incorporating the BOP producers into global value chains, drawing on MUJI’s experiences.

Apr 12, 2018

Eurasia University

Xi’an Eurasia University provides high-quality, employment-focused private education in Shaanxi, China and is changing the perception of privately-run tertiary education in the country. With an education philosophy to maximize the employment potential of its students, Eurasia is committed to offering a combination of an applied curriculum and student-centered learning with hands-on industry experience. In 2016, 85 percent of students secured a job prior to graduation.

Sep 16, 2016


MicroEnsure has developed pioneering insurance solutions for low-income people in Africa and Asia living on less than $4 per day. Founded in 2008, the company has introduced over 200 types of insurance for life, health, and accidents for the poor, and distributes its products through mobile network operators, microfinance institutions, and other organizations that low-income customers trust. The company reaches more than 40 million customers in 15 countries in Africa and Asia. This case study is in the 2016 Built for Change report which features companies that are employing unique strategies to integrate people living at the base of the pyramid into the companies’ business operations.

Aug 1, 2014

Manila Water

Manila Water Company, Inc. (Manila Water) operates in Metro Manila’s east service zone, home to 6.1 million people. Manila Water’s inclusive business model creates partnerships with local government units and community-based organizations to include communities in the design and implementation of water supply systems. For instance, by visibly placing water meters in public areas, the community can regulate itself as water use and fees become more transparent. As a result, 99% of customers in this region have 24-hour water availability and customers now pay 20 times below per cubic meter rates previously charged by private water vendors.

Aug 1, 2012

PT Summit Oto

PT Summit Oto Finance (OTO), a motorcycle financing company in Indonesia, provides small loans to low and middle-income borrowers, with most loans going to individuals earning between $150-$300 per month, and many without bank accounts. OTO engages unbanked borrowers by basing its strategy on the microfinance model, increasing the mobility of low and middle-income borrowers, enabling greater access to markets and services. The company has 173 branches and cooperates with more than 4,000 authorized motorcycle dealers.

Aug 1, 2012

Xiwang Sugar Holdings Company Ltd.

Established in 1986 as a cooperative enterprise, Xiwang has grown to become a leading corn processor, producing corn and high value-added starch sugar products in China. The company is the country’s largest producer of crystalline glucose, a starch sugar product, with an annual production capacity of 800,000 tons. As of 2011, Xiwang had an annual corn processing capacity of 1.5 million tons and procured corn from 400,000 small farmers.

Aug 1, 2012


Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation Ltd. (ECOM), one of the world‘s leading commodity traders, works with coffee growers – the majority of whom are smallholders at the base of the pyramid. ECOM’s direct financing, coupled with partnerships with technical assistance providers, has enabled these farmers to improve productivity, increase quality and gain the certification necessary for premium pricing. Between 2006 and 2012, ECOM purchased more than 81,000 metric tons of certified coffee, providing an additional $14.7 million in income for farmers.