Entrepreneurship to End Extreme Poverty

We believe in the power of the entrepreneurial spirit to transform lives. Village Enterprise equips people living in extreme poverty in rural Africa to start sustainable businesses and savings groups. Graduates from our program generate income and savings from their small businesses that improves their standard of living and breaks the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.

What We Do

35,724 Businesses Started by our Graduates

Village Enterprise by the Numbers


Africans Trained


Lives Transformed


Businesses Started


Women Led Businesses

Innovation Meets African Entrepreneurship

Village Enterprise is a pioneer in the quest to help rural Africans lift themselves from poverty forever. Our community-based, participatory program reflects a bottom-up approach to microenterprise development. Using mobile technology and expanding through partnerships, Village Enterprise has developed a high impact graduation model that is scalable and locally adaptable.

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What Makes Village Enterprise Unique?

Group-Based and Cost-Effective

Business groups of three entrepreneurs each bring diverse skill sets, spread risk, build social capital as well as produce cost efficiencies.

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Grants, Not Loans

Allowing people in extreme poverty to improve their standard of living by starting businesses.

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Remote and Rural

Working in poorer and far more remote villages than are typically served by other NGOs and microfinance organizations.

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Local African Leadership

Highlighted in the 10th-anniversary issue of The Stanford Social Innovation Review, 95% of staff are African.

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Rigorous Monitoring and Evaluation

Our team monitors and evaluates every aspect of our program. An independent, large-scale randomized control trial (RCT) is underway in conjunction with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).

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Innovation and Collaboration in Our DNA

A Rockefeller Foundation 100 Next Century Innovator, we were early adopters of mobile technology.

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“I have a happy life and a better lifestyle… and I have hope for the future.” – Lucy

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