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TRANSFORM impact enterprises are solving some of the world’s most persistent development challenges.


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  • Dharma Life
    Dharma Life is building a network of female change leaders who drive behaviour change and provide access to socially impactful products to rural households.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Maya
    Maya provides a mobile-based digital wellbeing assistant that eliminates barriers – particularly for women – to accessing health advice from experts.
    Digital Health
  • Bhumijo
    Bhumijo provides access to clean, inclusive and technology-enabled toilets – in markets and other public spaces – through a subscription or pay-per-use model.
    TRANSFORM Survive & Thrive
  • Folia Water
    Folia Water’s nanosilver-infused Folia filter paper is the world’s first water filter for pennies, not dollars.
    TRANSFORM Survive & Thrive
  • Kasha
    Designed by women, for women, this confidential and convenient digital and last mile distribution platform sells health and household goods.
    Digital Health
  • Spring Health
    Spring Health provides affordable, safe drinking water to underserved households, using innovative purifying methods, distributed via its rural network.
    TRANSFORM Survive & Thrive
  • Saraplast
    Saraplast provides safe and hygienic public toilets to women and girls by converting old buses into beautiful, static public toilets.
    TRANSFORM Survive & Thrive
  • Drinkwell
    Drinkwell provides affordable, safe drinking water to people living without piped water, using water ATM machines and pay-as-you-go, prepayment cards.
    TRANSFORM Survive & Thrive
  • Shobar Jonno Pani (SJP)
    Almost 20 percent of Bangladeshis do not have access to a source of clean, safe drinking water and 44 percent do not have access to a functioning sanitation system. This results in poor health conditions and environmental degradation, with water contaminated by waste. Shobar Jonno Pani (SJP), or Water for All, was created in 2010 by French NGO, Eau et Vie. It works to ensure permanent access to reliable, treated water services in deprived urban neighbourhoods, by providing piped water directly to homes at an affordable price. SJP has an agreement with communities and local authorities to build and distribute their water networks, as well as build a billing and payment network. It also provides behaviour change and community support, such as awareness about the importance of drinking clean water and builds fire hydrants into the water network, training a squad of female firefighters from the local community to use them. TRANSFORM funded the testing of a new service selling biofil toilets, using earthworms to treat waste, similar to a garden composter. The project helped SJP to scale the business in Dhaka and put in place a customer-facing value proposition, a brand logo and materials to publicise the business. A video was also created. Through TRANSFORM, the Unilever team also shared behaviour change experience to help SJP develop campaigns on menstrual health management and handwashing, adapting Lifebuoy materials for a low-income context for the first time. This included interactive elements via posters, puzzles and story books, immediately increasing understanding among school children and women. During the pandemic, training for staff to use personal protective equipment and maintain services safely was also included.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • MESH
    MESH is the first online community for young entrepreneurs in the informal economy, helping them to boost skills and earnings.
    Future of Work
  • Aerosan
    Aerosan supplies innovative public toilets and handwashing facilities – harvesting rainwater to flush toilets and turning waste into biogas fuel.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • HappyTap
    HappyTap advocates for a new normal in hand hygiene – putting handwashing within reach in low-income settings.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Loowatt
    Loowatt has created a waterless flush toilet system for low-income communities without access to sewers. 
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Malindi Water and Sewerage Company (MAWASCO)
    MAWASCO offers a service to empty pit latrines in low-income communities.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Pit Vidura
    Pit Vidura offers safe and affordable pit latrine emptying services, employing previously marginalised waste workers.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Fresh Life by The Sanergy Collaborative
    Fresh Life – founding partner of The Sanergy Collaborative – builds cost-effective and eco-friendly sanitation products and services delivered in cities.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Southern Water and Sanitation Company (SWSC)
    Southern Water and Sanitation Company (SWSC) is a public water and sanitation utility company, providing clean drinking water and sanitation services.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Sunlight Water Centers by TechnoServe
    Sunlight Water Centers combine a borehole and retail kiosk to create a sustainable business model to build and maintain boreholes.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • SWEEP by WSUP
    SWEEP was created by Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) to give low-income households access to affordable septic tank emptying services.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Sanivation
    Sanivation operates waste-to-resource treatment plants which combine human waste with agricultural waste to produce solid fuels to heat factories.
    Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Waste4Change
    Waste4Change collects and recycles waste responsibly from companies and households.
    Waste-Free World
  • IMAGINEIF
    IMAGINEIF npc is a purpose-developed sustainability innovation not-for-profit company turning unrecyclable plastic material into pavers and other building blocks used for landscaping.
    Waste-Free World
  • Sesa Recycling by GRIPE
    Sesa Recycling is collecting and recycling plastics to create new products.
    Waste-Free World
  • Hasiru Dala Innovations
    Hasiru Dala Innovations (HDI) is a for-purpose, Indian company providing waste-picker-powered circular economy solutions in keeping with its ethos of Inclusive Circularity™.
    Waste-Free World
  • Mr Green Africa
    Mr Green Africa creates sustainable social, environmental and economic impact through the collection, conversion and sale of post-consumer plastic waste.
    Waste-Free World
  • Refill Bangladesh by Bopinc
    The Refill Bangladesh project is designing and piloting a scalable refill distribution model to tackle plastic pollution
    Waste-Free World
  • Alner
    Refill and Reuse Indonesia is a unique, scalable refill station project in low-income community channels such as convenience stores.
    Waste-Free World
  • Sampurn(e)arth
    Sampurn(e)arth provides end-to-end decentralised waste-management solutions with a focus on delivering livelihood opportunities for informal wastepicker communities.
    Waste-Free World
  • Taka Taka Ni Mali
    Taka Taka Ni Mali is a woman-led enterprise, promoting green jobs and a circular economy through waste management.
    Waste-Free World
  • Taka Taka Solutions
    Taka Taka Solutions recycles single-use plastic containers and flexible packaging in partnership with waste pickers and factories in Kenya.
    Waste-Free World
  • Wecyclers
    Wecyclers is a rewards-for-recycling platform, incentivising people to exchange recyclable waste – collected via cargo bikes or “wecycles” – for essential goods.
    Waste-Free World
  • TrashCon
    As a global technology company, TrashCon has developed patented solid waste sorting solutions that diverts over 90 percent of waste from landfills and converts it into value.
    Waste-Free World
  • The Social Factory by Oxfam South Africa
    The Social Factory is a community enterprise focussed on developing a new model for plastic recycling and social inclusion.
    Waste-Free World
  • Baeru
    Baeru is a women-led climate action organisation helping to make India’s coastline resilient, through the mitigation and recovery of ocean plastic.
    Waste-Free World
  • WITHOUT by Ashaya
    Ashaya makes the world’s first recycled sunglasses from packets of chips, while empowering waste pickers out of poverty.
    Waste-Free World
  • Refillable Circular Solutions  
    Refillable is a zero single use packaging platform that provides doorstep delivery to customers.
    Waste-Free World
  • Saltech Design Labs
    Transforming plastic waste into alternative materials for sustainable infrastructure development.
    Waste-Free World
  • Recity Network
    Recity Network is a circular waste management company with the vision to keep plastic in the economy and outside the environment.
    Waste-Free World
  • doctHERs
    doctHERs is a health-tech that reintegrates female healthcare providers into an agile, gender-inclusive workforce and promotes health equity using mobile health and intermediary-assisted telemedicine.
    Digital Health
  • Jeeon
    Jeeon provided a simple app that connects pharmacies to drugs, products, knowledge and tools to better serve their patients.
    Digital Health
  • Bliss Group
    Malaica provides a midwife-led programme that offers support, guidance and resources to help pregnant women navigate pregnancy with confidence and ease.
    Digital Health
  • NaijaCare by Every1Mobile
    NaijaCare is a digital community created by Every1Mobile to improve the service offered by proprietary and patent medicine vendors (PPMVs).
    Digital Health
  • reach52
    reach52 is a healthtech social enterprise with the mission to redesign healthcare to reach 52 percent of the world without access.
    Digital Health
  • U Join / U Afya by Every1Mobile
    U Join and U Afya were mobile-enabled platforms to provide shopkeepers with access to e-learning, and customers with product promotions and health information.
    Digital Health
  • Integrated Community and Home Protection (ICHP) Myanmar by Kopernik 
    The ICHP programme aimed to combat the prevalence of malaria and dengue fever in urban and rural Myanmar, using insecticide-treated screens and bed nets.
    Digital Health
  • Boost
    Boost is a B2B commerce platform powering Africa’s convenience economy by providing radically easy technology for suppliers to better serve retailers.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Duka+ by 4R Digital
    The Duka+ project removes pain-points for owners of small, informal and traditionally cash based shops known as dukas, creating efficiencies while driving growth.
    Future of Work
  • Powered by People
    Powered by People is a wholesale marketplace, enabling sustainable small-batch makers worldwide by giving them access to global markets.
    Future of Work
  • Project Rubicon by Well Told Story
    Well Told Story designs and tests an inclusive connectivity model that provides more engaging content for women and young people.
    Future of Work
  • ZayoHub
    ZayoHub piloted a viable ‘final mile’ business with a range of revenue streams that improve health and wellbeing.
    Future of Work
  • d.light
    d.light is a global leader in social transformation by making sustainable products available and affordable to low-income families.
    Protect and Regenerate Nature
  • MySunshine by Unilever UK, Bopinc, Eight19, Marble Designs 
    My Sunshine is a patented modular solar home system designed for low-income households that live off the grid.
    Protect and Regenerate Nature
  • Regenerating Mint with Farmer Champions by Seva Trust
    Regenerating Mint with Farmer Champions is a project to improve mint farming practices, increase crop yield and improve rural community incomes.
    Protect and Regenerate Nature
  • The Savannah Fruits Company
    Shea Innovates brings rural female workers together in co-operatives to produce quality, handcrafted shea butter and provide a year round, sustainable income.
    Protect and Regenerate Nature
  • Transforming of Production ​ Palm Sugar (ToPPS) by SNV
    Transforming of Production Palm Sugar in Myanmar (ToPPS) SNV tested an innovative business model to improve palm sugar processing through cookstove entrepreneurship.
    Protect and Regenerate Nature
  • Ubuntu Power
    Ubuntu Power provides solar power and unrestricted internet to off-grid communities.
    Protect and Regenerate Nature
  • ASPEN by Technoserve 
    ASPEN was an innovative income diversification programme that leveraged cocoa cooperatives to distribute high-impact products through farmers as sales agents.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Farm Services and Income Diversification Project by Barry Callebaut
    The Farm Services and Income Diversification Project aimed to increase income among cocoa producers and strengthen the resilience of farming households.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership
    Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) and TRANSFORM ran an inclusive distribution pilot project working with female entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
    Raise Living Standards
  • D2DPro by Bopinc
    D2D Pro is a plug-in module that provides training to female door-to-door (D2D) sales agents, giving them the skills and knowledge to expand sales.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Digital Agents for Energy+
    Digital Agents for Energy+ invested in the development of the energy provision market by providing refugee and host community members with income-generating opportunities.
    Raise Living Standards
  • ENVenture
    ENVenture helps rural community-based organisations (CBOs) to learn business skills to launch their own sustainable enterprises selling clean energy products.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Farm to Market Alliance
    Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA) supports African smallholder farmers to transition to commercial agriculture. 
    Raise Living Standards
  • Frontier Markets
    Frontier Markets is a tech-first social commerce platform for rural India, providing local access to high-quality, climate-friendly, gender-inclusive products and services.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Kidame Mart PLC
    Kidame Mart empowers rural female entrepreneurs to provide last mile distribution of high impact, fast-moving consumer goods.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Mercy Corps
    The TRANSFORM funded Mercy Corps project encouraged women and young people to start their own microenterprises selling clean cookstoves.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Heroes for Change  
    Heroes for Change (H4C) harnesses the power of university students to prepare them for the marketplace through technology to deliver social impact programmes in their own communities.
    Future of Work
  • Drugstoc
    DrugStoc was founded to empower healthcare practitioners. TRANSFORM is helping achieve this in low-income communities.
    Digital Health
  • Dyuty-network by Bopinc
    The Dyuty project will provide meaningful connectivity for women in rural Bangladesh to create a last mile distribution network of women entrepreneurs.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Aye Finance
    Aye aims to address the working capital scarcity of Kirana (grocery store) owners by designing a gender inclusive ‘buy now, pay later’ (BNPL) product.
    Raise Living Standards
  • Busara
    Busara conducts research to understand barriers to recycling, and design interventions to overcome them.
    Research
  • Duka+ (app by 4R Digital) research by Busara
    Busara researched the potential impact of Duka+ to inform the product roadmap and ongoing product design.
    Research
  • Inclusive Business Sweden
    TRANSFORM worked with Inclusive Business Sweden to explore how peer-to-peer technologies could improve the sharing of sanitation services in developing markets.
    Digital Health
  • University of Nottingham
    TRANSFORM funded research into how IAI can be engaging in low literacy, low connectivity, and low base expertise contexts.
    Research
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
    Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs is a world leader in behaviour change communication for public health, running two research projects in Kenya.
    Digital Health
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    TRANSFORM commissioned research to investigate the potential of online networks to initiate social norms change about family planning in offline communities during COVID-19.
    Research
  • University of Colorado
    The University of Colorado has implemented a large-scale cookstove programme in Rwanda to encourage use of healthier propane cookstoves.
    Digital Health
  • Where India Goes
    The Where India Goes project explored solutions for safe defecation before the demand and supply of improved sanitation is increased.
    Research
  • Zambia Sanitation – Research
    The Zambia Sanitation research project built an understanding of the sanitation landscape and market-based solutions by testing social business models.
    Research
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