Strategy

Ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Scaling our Success

Village Enterprise is committed to helping achieve the United Nations #1.1 Sustainable Development Goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Village Enterprise has already transformed the lives of over 700,000 rural Africans, and is now poised to reach potentially millions more. Our new strategic plan outlines our roadmap for rapid scaling. By 2020, we will lift an additional 700,000 rural Africans out of extreme poverty—that’s as many in the next five years as in our entire 28-year history!

The U.N.’s goal of ending extreme poverty in 15 years will take new innovations and collaborations. Our scaling strategy includes both organic growth and partnering with flagship organizations. To increase our impact and scale, Village Enterprise is pursuing a dual strategy of increasing our own in-country growth and forming new partnerships with NGOs, governmental agencies, corporations, foundations, research institutions, universities, religious institutions, and giving networks.

In addition, we are also launching a new, cutting-edge Accelerator to develop innovations that address the unique needs of the poorest of the poor in the most impactful and cost-effective manner. Drawing on input from our business owners and mentors, as well as from current industry best practices, the Accelerator will foster continual learning and adaptation and allows us to test, share, and scale solutions that work for the unique circumstances of the extreme poor.

If you are interested in partnering with us or learning more, please contact us at info@villageenterprise.org.

As a result of a competitive selection process, Village Enterprise was chosen as a Social Impact Partner of the management consulting multinational Bain & Company. We would like to express our gratitude to Bain for their pro-bono support in developing our scaling strategy and the foundation of our Strategic Plan.

“We live at a time of the greatest development progress among the global poor in the history of the world.”

Steven Radlet, Georgetown University

Vision

A world free of extreme poverty, where people have the economic means to sustain their families

Mission

To end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation

Values

Ubuntu

We serve people living in extreme poverty with respect, empathy and dignity regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or education level, and value our common humanity.

Passion

We believe passionately in our mission and the ability of people living in extreme poverty to improve their lives.

Integrity

We operate with the highest levels of integrity and trustworthiness.

Commitment

We are committed to assessing and evaluating our programs to ensure that they reduce poverty and create sustainable businesses.

Openness

We respect the ideas and opinions of others and insist upon transparency in both our internal and external communication.

Innovation

We value innovation as a means to reduce poverty and treat new ideas, new technologies and new partners as opportunities to grow our impact.

Sustainability

We are committed to ensuring that our businesses and our organization are sustainable in the long-term.

Strategic Priorities

Priority 1

End extreme poverty for an additional 700,000+ Africans by 2020 through organic growth and partnerships

Priority 2

Develop new innovations for the bottom of the pyramid through the Village Enterprise Accelerator 

Priority 3

Build upon thought leadership in the international development sector

Priority 4

Build the human resources and systems capacity of our organization

Priority 5

Increase funding and fundraising capacity

Geographic Focus

Continue to grow our presence in Kenya and Uganda with the goal of expanding into 10 additional districts in Uganda and 5 additional counties in Kenya.

Expand to 2-3 additional African countries through flagship partners.

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Theory of Change

“A theory of change is an expression of the sequence of cause-and-effect actions or occurrences by which organizational and financial resources are assumed to be converted into the desired social results. It provides a conceptual road map for how an organization expects to achieve its intended impact and is often displayed in a diagram. A framework built around concepts of activities, inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impacts is called a logic model.”

The Bridgespan Group
Collaborating to Accelerate Social Impact

Village Enterprise Theory of Change

Problem:

The extreme poor lack business skills and financial literacy as well as access to capital, financial institutions, and markets. Thus, current opportunities for income generating options are scarce.

Solution:

Village Enterprise can provide a Graduation program that encompasses business training and mentoring, savings group training and mentoring, financial literacy training and mentoring and a seed capital grant.

  1. Outputs: If the trainings and grant are provided to the communities, then the businesses will be formed, savings groups will be created, and business owners will have the knowledge to run the businesses.
  2. Outcomes: If business owners run successful businesses and form successful savings groups, then incomes and savings available for households needs will increase.
  3. Goal: If household expenditures increase to meet daily needs, then standards of living will increase.