Powering entrepreneurs
to end poverty.

iDE Canada creates income and livelihood opportunities in developing countries around the world. We invest in local entrepreneurship, building businesses with a focus on agriculture and sanitation. With access to the right products, services and advice, farmers can transform their small farms into small businesses. With access to research and development, sanitation business owners can produce the life-saving products their customers want.

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Innovate for
Impact

iDE’s founder, Paul Polak, practiced and preached the importance of starting with people. With your support, local iDE teams use Human Centered Design to engage deeply with the people and communities we serve.

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Our Initiatives

Innovate for Impact

iDE’s founder, Paul Polak, practiced and preached the importance of starting with people. With your support, local iDE teams use Human Centered Design to engage deeply with the people and communities we serve.

Innovation Fund Projects

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Cambodia

| The Paul Polak Innovation Fund

Transform Smallholder Farming

Small-scale farmers grow 80% of the food available in rural areas but often live in poverty. Your support helps farmers increase their incomes by ensuring they have  access to markets, high-quality seed and affordable irrigation.

Agricultural Projects

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ETHIOPIA

| Agriculture resilience and dignity

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NEPAL

| Dealing with new pests

Three women's standing side-by-side in a farm field.
A women is making toilet seats in a rural area using clay and mud.

Stop Diarrhea

Diarrhea kills over half a million under-5 children every year – more than malaria, tuberculosis and HIV combined. Diarrhea deprives many millions of children of the nutrients they need to reach their full physical and mental potential.

Sanitation Projects

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GHANA

| Selling toilets to poor household


Recent News

  • From stress to ease

    From stress to ease

    How you are helping ease the burden of life’s expenses. “It used to be when school fees came up, I’d start sweating. I had high blood pressure. Now I just ask, ‘how much?’” This confident quote is from Annie Muleba. She is a business owner from a small village in Zambia. Your care and generosity…

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  • Hamidatu’s idea, come to life!

    Hamidatu’s idea, come to life!

    How your support is helping make bathroom facilities more affordable in rural Ghana. Hamidatu had an idea. Working in sales at iDE Ghana, she knew that buying a bathroom facility (a structure that includes the toilet, floor, walls, roof, etc.) was becoming too expensive for rural customers. That meant people weren’t getting access to safe…

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  • Monowara is a tailor and changemaker for her community!

    Monowara is a tailor and changemaker for her community!

    Meet Monowara Begum, a single mother of two and entrepreneur from Bangladesh. Through donors’ generous support, she was able to connect with iDE and got the education and training she needed to build a successful tailoring business. In her own words: “Now, I can take care of my family’s needs and send my children to…

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  • You are helping women balance motherhood and entrepreneurship

    You are helping women balance motherhood and entrepreneurship

    Maybe you can relate to this? Many women in Zambia, Ethiopia and Ghana noted the challenge of dividing their time between various roles — mother, wife, homemaker, and income earner. We heard this over and over again in interviews for Her Time to Grow, our project supporting women in agriculture — a project you passionately…

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Our Partners

iDE Canada creates income and livelihood opportunities in developing countries around the world. We invest in local entrepreneurship, building businesses with a focus on agriculture and sanitation.

We would like to thank the Government of Canada and Manitoba Council for International Cooperation for their generous financial support.


Your support reaches to all corners of the world.