the world.

When small businesses have access to opportunity they create new jobs and sustainable growth.

How it works
  • Globally, 1 in 10 people
    (or 700 million) live on
    less than $2 a day

  • The fastest way to lift people
    out of poverty
    is by
    creating jobs

  • Small businesses are the
    biggest creators of new
    around the world

Our mission is to unleash the transformational power of small businesses by finding, building, and connecting local entrepreneurs with new customers & capital.

Explore our global impact:

Globally, Building Markets has brought visibility to 26,500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), assisted them in winning $1.4 billion in new contracts, $21 million in capital, and helped create over 73,500 full-time equivalent jobs.

Building Markets’ Model

Our teams start by finding and verifying local companies, which includes in-person interviews where we collect hundreds of data points on each small business. This information allows us to bring businesses visibility, build their commercial capacity, and connect them with new opportunities.

Our Model & Impact

Work with us to create jobs & fight poverty

  • Businesses

    We help local entrepreneurs in our network win new business opportunities


    We equip small businesses with the visibility, training, and connections to grow and thrive.

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  • Buyers

    We help buyers diversify their supply chains, source responsibly, and create jobs


    Our unique and reliable supplier data fast-tracks buyer access to local markets and businesses.

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  • Investors & Lenders

    We help investors and banks achieve profit plus social impact

    Investors & Lenders

    Our innovative deal-sourcing methods assist investors and banks in identifying high-impact SMEs

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  • Donors & Partners

    Donors and partners make our work possible - join our efforts to tackle global poverty

    Donors & Partners

    We work with partners and donors to create jobs and sustainable markets where they are needed most.

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