In 2007, Village Enterprise launched an innovative program in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute to integrate economic development and environmental conservation efforts in the Budongo Forest Area with the vision of empowering local communities with the tools to start sustainable diversified small businesses in a way that has a significant impact on poverty and supports long-term conservation goals.
The BOMA Project and Village Enterprise have partnered to bring our proven micro-enterprise development model to remote areas in Northern Kenya in Laisamis District and Karare village in order to develop new opportunities for income generation, education, capacity building and entrepreneurial innovation in this arid and semi-arid region that suffers from the highest poverty rates in Kenya. This project is called the REAP Project in Northern Kenya and is implemented by a team of Business Mentors and the BOMA Project’s staff, who live and work in this part of Kenya and can thus deliver the program in a cost-effective and culturally-appropriate way. The Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF), in partnership with Village Enterprise, provides business training, mentoring and seed grants to rural Maasai women who have little, if any, education. More than 80 percent of this generation never enrolled in school, and were married and became mothers while they themselves were still children.
Village Enterprise provides small farmers with KickStart foot-operated pumps, hoses, seeds and fertilizer along with training on how to use and maintain the pump and agricultural training on how cultivate high-value crops. This empowers small farmers with an improved water supply and generates increased sustainable incomes, especially during the dry season.