ekShop: Digital Livelihoods for the Youth and Refugees

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

FUTURE OF DIGITAL ECONOMY

On her 18th birthday, Rity got a sewing machine as a birthday gift from her aunt. She worked day and night to create the perfect dress; her first towards one day realizing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. Finally, when it was ready, Rity and her mom took it to the nearby bazaar. Alas, the customers there couldn’t offer her a fair price! They tried again at a nearby town, but to no avail. Rity was very upset.


At that point, Mita, a Digital Centre Entrepreneur from Rity’s village, snapped a picture of the dress, and uploaded an advertisement on ekShop so it appeared on all major e-commerce marketplaces in Bangladesh. Enabling customers in the capital Dhaka to see Rity’s dress and buy it.


This is not just the story of Rity. This is the story of millions of rural youth, artisans and farmers in Bangladesh unable to secure a fair price for their products. And this is what inspired a2i, the flagship innovation and digital transformation program of the Government of Bangladesh supported by UNDP to establish ekShop.


ekShop is a unique assisted rural eCommerce model that integrates the countrywide physical network of nearly 7,000 Digital Centres. Through ekShop, Digital center entrepreneurs assist rural youth, artisans and farmers to reach new, urban customers directly, bypassing multiple layers of intermediaries and secure a ‘fair price’ for their produce.


In collaboration with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau and its SDG Impact Accelerator, a2i is now exploring ways to leverage ekShop to potentially help millions of refugees in Turkey, Colombia, Uganda and Jordan to secure digital livelihoods.

The 'ekShop' Model


When an entrepreneur (SMB/CMSME/Merchant) in on boarded onto the ekShop platform, they not only gain access to the aggregated market, but avail other amenities as well. The entrepreneur gains an access to all the major e-commerce platforms in Bangladesh and abroad, as well as the robust logistic services to all corners of the country and a safe payment system. ekShop has merged partnerships with SME development organzations to facilitate their capacity development and growth. ekShop aspires to become ‘The one-stop solution center’ for CMSMEs to get access to market, access to finance & payments, access to logistics and access to capacity development & technology.  

Key Impacts

  • Reduce digital divide among rural populations

  • Easy and Hassle-free access to the e-Commerce marketplace of Bangladesh from single point

  • Digitizing businesses under government organizations and associations for CMSMEs

  • Stabilize the e-commerce industry (ESCROW, CCMS & CLTP) including cross border policy trade

  • Capacity development of rural producers and CMSMEs

  • Expanding financial inclusion for unbanked and rural people

  • Digitalization of the traditional livestock market and agri-businesses of Bangladesh