Building Markets creates jobs by unleashing the transformational power of small businesses. Why? It is estimated that 700 million people live in extreme poverty and COVID-19 is expected to increase that number by at least 150 million. The fastest way out of poverty is through jobs, and new jobs are created by small businesses. In fact, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) generate half of employment worldwide and create up to 86% of new jobs. However, in developing and crisis-affected markets, they are often bypassed by buyers, banks, and investors due to a lack of infrastructure and information. As a result, a key opportunity to begin creating employment, stability, and sustainable growth, is lost.

Our Model

For over a decade, Building Markets has successfully addressed this challenge through our find, build, connect model.

  • Find SMEs

    Find SMEs

    Verify SMEs through in-depth surveys and publish searchable business profiles and research

    BETTER MARKET INFORMATION

  • Build SMEs

    Build SMEs

    Enhance the commercial and digital capacity of SMEs through training and advisory services

    MORE COMPETITIVE SMES

  • Connect SMEs

    Connect SMEs

    Tender distribution, matchmaking and events enables SMEs to access new buyers, customers, and capital

    IMPROVED MARKET EFFICIENCY

New contracts and capital creates new jobs, livelihoods, capacity, and grows tax base

A more transparent and healthy market inspires confidence, investment, and reduces poverty and dependence on aid

Using local talent, our teams start by finding small businesses, which includes in-person interviews where we collect hundreds of data points on each enterprise. This information allows us to bring these businesses visibility, build their commercial capabilities, and connect them with demand opportunities in local, regional and global markets.

And we know this works. Since 2006, we have brought visibility to 26,500 SMEs, assisted them in winning over $1.35 billion in new contracts and $21 million in capital. This has helped create more than 73,500 full-time equivalent jobs.

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Explore our impact

Afghanistan

“Building Markets provides a bridge between suppliers and buyers and gives companies that use their services a chance to compete.”

Business Owner, Afghanistan - Afghanistan
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Our impact in Afghanistan.

  • 8,302

    Businesses
    Verified

  • $1,086,228,165

    Contracts
    Facilitated

  • 65,000

    Jobs
    Created

Haiti

It is directly due to Building Markets’ efforts that we secured our first contract. After that, we had the leverage we needed to attract other jobs — both from our original partner and other NGOs.

Sasha Blanchet, Director-General of General Maintenance - Haiti
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Our impact in Haiti.

  • 3,966

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 1,023

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $28,763,865

    Contracts
    Facilitated

Jordan

The creation of our company profile on Building Markets Matchmaking Platform improved our business visibility in a professional and presentable way. We would highly recommend Building Markets training to businesses who want to learn about marketing their products or importing to and exporting from Jordan.

Elham Zeadat, Chairwoman, Bloom Dead Sea Gift Enterprise - Jordan
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Our impact in Jordan.

  • 335

    Businesses
    Verified

Liberia

Building Markets makes me feel that I have a partner who is interested in our growth, development and improvement.

Daniel Scott, Founder, Scott’s Industrial Construction - Liberia
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Our impact in Liberia.

  • 4,639

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 1,228

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $92,872,110

    Contracts
    Facilitated

  • 4,382

    Jobs
    Created

Mozambique

Mozambique is a complex operating environment where cultural and economic challenges persist. However, Building Markets has succeeded by carefully assessing needs, adapting its approach when needed, and actively engaging partners and stakeholders.

Edith Gouin, Fomer Senior Development Officer, Southern and Eastern Africa Global Affairs, Canada - Mozambique
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Our impact in Mozambique.

  • 362

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 255

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $12,504,564

    Contracts
    Facilitated

Myanmar

When I joined Building Markets' program, I realized that a lot was missing from my daily business operations. I’m so grateful that, through training, I learned how to achieve more in the short-term, as well as define and set business goals.

U Myat Thu, Owner of Shae Thot - Myanmar
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Our impact in Myanmar.

  • 3,215

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 624

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $19.76M

    Contracts
    Facilitated

Timor-Leste

I'm really happy with Building Markets’ assistance. Since listing my business with their service linking buyers to suppliers, I've received many more orders from NGOs and the government.

Marcelo dos Santos, Owner of KIOS Asela - Timor-Leste
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Our impact in Timor-Leste.

  • 3,090

    Businesses
    Verified

  • $13,594

    Contracts
    Facilitated

  • $20,329,729

    Dollar
    Value Impact

Turkey

Not only has Building Markets opened up opportunities for me, but their training and support has helped me create a clear vision of my business’ potential.

Razan Alatassi, Founder of Salt and Sugar - Turkey
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Our impact in Turkey.

  • 2,572

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 784

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $16,507,643

    Contracts
    Facilitated

  • 3,081

    Jobs
    Created

I consider Building Markets to be one of the world's most innovative organizations working on rebuilding economies in war-torn and fragile states.

Robert Greenhill, Former Managing Director of the World Economic Forum
Our Model & Impact

Learn How You Can Work With Us

We provide innovative and tailored services to small businesses and buyers, and engage investors, lenders, donors and partners in a range of customized ways.

 

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