Model & Impact - Building Markets

Global challenges we face today—poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, and injustice—cannot be solved without the involvement of the private sector. Solutions will require transformation in the form of new business models, new innovation, and new technology. This opens up exciting opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) around the world, which represent 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment worldwide, to play an important role in creating positive social impact by driving job creation and inclusive growth, particularly for the economically vulnerable.

Our Model

Building Markets uses a proven, data-driven approach to strengthen the capacity of SMEs to contribute to markets through end-to-end services.

  • FIND

    FIND

    Verify SMEs through surveys, create searchable business profiles, and publish market research.

    BETTER MARKET INFORMATION

  • BUILD

    BUILD

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

    MORE COMPETITIVE SMES

  • CONNECT

    CONNECT

    Enable SMEs to access customers and capital through matchmaking events and tender distribution.

    IMPROVED MARKET EFFICIENCY

New contracts and capital create jobs, enhance livelihoods, and increase business capacity.

A more transparent and healthy market inspires confidence, strengthens investment, and enables inclusive growth.

Using local talent, our teams start by finding and verifying SME through in-person interviews where we collect hundreds of data points on each business. This data 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 2004, we have brought visibility to 27,000 SMEs, facilitated over 18,000 transactions valued at $1.39 billion, and helped create more than 74,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

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Explore Our Global Impact

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

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

မြန်မာ

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 - မြန်မာ
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Our impact in မြန်မာ.

  • ၃,၂၁၅

    Businesses
    Verified

  • ၆၂၄

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $၁၉.၇၆ မီလီယံ

    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

Türkiye

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 - Türkiye
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Our impact in Türkiye.

  • 2,917

    Businesses
    Verified

  • 784

    Businesses
    Trained

  • $19,594,027

    Contracts
    Facilitated

  • 4,329

    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
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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Double your impact when you donate today!

Global poverty is rising for the first time in decades, but access to economic opportunity can help families build thriving lives. Responding to the urgency of this moment, a group of generous donors will match every dollar up to $100,000 raised through December 31, 2022. Your gift will enable Building Markets to adapt and scale our programs to reach more small businesses creating critical jobs around the world. 

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