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This podcast tells the story of six visionary entrepreneurs and their innovative business solutions meeting the needs of low-income households in communities across Kenya, India and Bangladesh. The six entrepreneurs have all been part of TRANSFORM, a unique accelerator programme led by Unilever, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and EY

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This podcast tells the story of six visionary entrepreneurs and their innovative business solutions meeting the needs of low-income households in communities across Kenya, India and Bangladesh. The six entrepreneurs have all been part of TRANSFORM, a unique accelerator programme led by Unilever, the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and EY

    Developing healthcare for all, by all

    Developing healthcare for all, by all

    For our final episode we travel to Pakistan, where there are an estimated 120 million people living in rural areas, who cannot access affordable and quality healthcare. Because of this they have one of the highest mortality rates in South Asia. Working to support these people and connect them to the incredible female doctors in the region is DoctHERS; a digital health platform matching underutilized female doctors to the unmet health needs. Host Dhruti Shah speaks with DoctHERS co-founder Säbeen Fatima Haque about her incredible work so far, and plans to develop in the future.
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    • 29 min
    Powering future growth - The Boost story

    Powering future growth - The Boost story

    In this episode, we head to Sub-Saharan Africa where, did you know, there are over 100 million informal small businesses in Africa, that contribute to 70% of the continent’s employment? Working to support these people and connect them to the global economy is Boost Technology – an incredible B2B commerce platform powering growth for Africa’s convenience economy by providing radically easy technology for suppliers to better serve retailers. Host Dhruti Shah chats with co-founders and CEO Mike Quinn and COO Mary Roach about their journey.
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    • 22 min
    Powered by people, for people

    Powered by people, for people

    In this episode we are going global! We’re focusing on a company using tech for good, to level the playing field in over 70 countries for local creators. Did you know that while the World Economic Forum forecasts that the handmade and small-batch sector will reach $1 trillion by 2024, the sector has historically lacked investment, digitisation and access to global markets? Working to fix this is Powered by People, a wholesale marketplace for conscious buyers, enabling small-batch makers to reach global markets. Joining host Dhruti Shah is Hedvig Alexander - VP of Community & Impact and Founder of Powered by People.
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    • 21 min
    Success with meaning - The Mr Green Story

    Success with meaning - The Mr Green Story

    This time the ‘We TRANSFORM lives’ podcast we heads to Kenya, to learn more about a company which has found success in sustainability. In a country struggling with excess uncollected waste and terrible waste working conditions, Mr Green Africa is trading recyclable materials while achieving tangible social and environmental impact. Host Dhruti Shah speaks with founder Kieran Smith about finding a solution to the growing mountains of plastic waste in Nairobi, and integrating tens of thousands of informal waste collectors into the value chain.
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    • 26 min
    Safety through Sanitation - The Bhumijo Story

    Safety through Sanitation - The Bhumijo Story

    In this next episode of the ‘We TRANSFORM lives’ podcast we travel to Bangladesh. Did you know that Dhaka has a population of over 5 million people and yet only 50 public toilets? Working to change this is Bhumijo – an incredible enterprise that believes that access to clean and safe public toilets is a basic human right. Host Dhruti Shah speaks with founder Farhana Rashid about her own story of growing up as a woman in Bangladesh, her motivation to create change and how she’s working to end the public toilet crisis by 2030. 
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    • 27 min
    A Waste Free World – The WeCyclers Story

    A Waste Free World – The WeCyclers Story

    In this first episode of the We TRANSFORM lives podcast we travel to Lagos, where, did you know that residents generate 15,000 tons of waste per day, of which only 40% is collected? Working to combat this is WeCyclers - the pioneering rewards-for-recycling platform, incentivising people in low-income communities to exchange recyclable waste. Host Dhruti Shah chats with founder Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, and CEO Olawale Adebiyi all about the motivation behind the movement, the ups, down and support from TRANSFORM and finally what the future looks like. 
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    • 33 min

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