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Proximity Designs is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Myanmar, Burma and the recent recipient of the 2012 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The success behind Proximity Designs is deemed logical and simple: design products that the poor actually need.
The Burma-based design lab is a hub for the creation of well-made, affordable products that have the power to change lives. The world’s working poor are a huge untapped market with a little cash to spend that they can carefully spend, which further points to the idea that companies should make things they’re willing to buy.
Proximity Designs has been increasing incomes and making a meaningful impact in rural economies since 2004 through its production and distribution of useful community-targeted tools.