Our Story

Village Enterprise, from 1987 to now.

2019 & Beyond

2019

Village Enterprise reached the milestone of transforming 1,000,000 lives since its inception.

 

2010-15 Innovating for Impact

2015

Our grants-based ultra-poor Graduation program recognized by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and featured in New York Times.

The New York Times logoInnovations for Poverty Action logo

2014

2014-Budget-Reaches-$2-mil

Village Enterprise receives its first four-star rating from Charity Navigator. 30,000 businesses started. Awarded first USAID grant through a partnership with FHi360.

USAID logo FHI360

2013

Independent randomized controlled trial (RCT) begun in Uganda with BRAC. Village Enterprise recognized by Rockefeller Foundation as Next Century Innovator.

Rockefeller

2012

Mobile technology adopted and deployed for all monitoring and evaluation.

TaroWorks logo

2011

2011-New-VE-Model

New Village Enterprise model launched to increase impact. New model includes rigorous targeting methodology, a one-year training program, and a savings program.

2010

2010-Dianne-joins-as-CEO

Dianne Calvi hired as the first CEO, and the first five-year strategic plan developed. New branding and website completed. Name changed from Village Enterprise Fund to Village Enterprise.

2001-2009 Growing the Model

2009

2009-Jane-Goodall_Conservation

Collaboration in conservation launched, aligning our poverty alleviation work with the Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda.

2008

Village Enterprise trains the BOMA Project in its microenterprise model.

2007

2007-10,000-businesses-milestone

First impact study completed; 10,000 businesses started since inception.

2005

2005-Jessica-Jackley

Kiva Co-Founder Jessica Jackley launches Kiva after interning with Village Enterprise.

2001

Decision to focus efforts on East Africa. First paid staff hired in East Africa.

1987-2000 Founding Phase