Proximity Designs

www.proximitydesigns.org

Social Entrepreneur

Jim Taylor and Debbie Aung Din

Founded

2004

MISSION

To move rural Burmese families out of poverty.

BUSINESS MODEL

A distribution platform in over 9,000 villages that delivers a range of affordable, durable and convenient products to their customers.  Their irrigation equipment, farm advisory services (FAS), and financial services are all design-driven innovations, based on a deep understanding of how to boost customers’ productivity and incomes.

Where they work

Myanmar.

Annual budget

US$12.6 million FY17 (Jun-17).

Delivered to date

Have increased the income of 439,188 households in more than 9,000 villages by over $217M.

Impact

Boosting rural household productivity and incomes.

big plans

Reach 1 million low-income families, representing an income increase of at least $250 million for 5 million people across Myanmar.

Our investment so far

US$1,300,000 unrestricted grants.

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Proximity’s design lab is one of a handful in the world that designs on location creating products exclusively for low-income customers.
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Jim and Debbie Aung Din Taylor are the co-founders and country directors of Proximity Designs.
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Proximity's portfolio of products includes this all-plastic pump, delivering as much water as a metal pump but at half the cost.