Field Team

  • Wilson Peru is the Country Director for Village Enterprise Kenya. Before joining us in January 2001, he spent 20 years in agriculture and rural business development in the Kakamega region. Wilson holds a BA in Community Development from Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya.

    Wilson Peru
    Honorary Country Director, Village Enterprise Kenya
  • Winnie joined Village Enterprise in 2010 as a Volunteer Business Mentor and was promoted to Employed Business Mentor in June 2011. She was promoted and worked as the Field Coordinator of the Soroti Area, working alongside Isaac Otim, and has recently in 2014 assumed the position as Country Director of Uganda. Before Village Enterprise, Winnie worked at Alliance High School as an A-Level teacher and then Erimu College as an Administrator. She holds a BA in Education from Makerere University in Kampala and loves singing and reading.

    Winnie Auma
    Country Director, Soroti, Uganda
  • Tadeo Muriuki grew up in Nairobi, Kenya. He attended University in the United States where he received his Bachelors and Masters degree. Tadeo worked in the US for several years before moving back to Kenya. His work experience in Kenya includes working as a Research Manager for AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya and more recently as a Project Director with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Western Kenya. During his free time, Tadeo spends his time with his wife and two young children.

    Tadeo Muriuki
    Country Director, Kenya
  • Astrid Haas came to Village Enterprise in August of 2014 as the East Africa Regional Director. She has a BS in Economics, Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and a MA in International Development and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University – Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to joining Village Enterprise, she worked at Evidence Action/Innovations for Poverty Action implementing the Dispensers for Safe Water (DSW) Program, which provides access to safe water through the chlorine dispenser system to reduce childhood diarrhea in Uganda, Rwanda, and Malawi. Her favorite past time is to go boxing at the Naguru East Coast Boxing Club and loves dancing.

    Astrid Haas
    East Africa Regional Director
  • Fabian Khamati was born and raised in Kakamega, Kenya. Fabian holds a Junior Accounts Clerk Certificate in addition to his diploma in Finance and Commercial Law. He has a wide range of training in finance, management credit risk analysis, and basic computers from both local and international institutions and is currently pursuing a degree in Commerce Finance. Before joining Village Enterprise as a Business Mentor in 2012, Fabian worked for a bank in both Nairobi and Mombasa.

    Fabian Khamati
    Assistant Country Director Kenya
  • Peter grew up in Arua District of Uganda. He holds a Bachelors degree in Development Studies from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Before joining Village Enterprise in 2013, he worked for over 5 years as a Program Officer with West Nile Private in Arua/Nebbi Districts, a project funded by CARE International. Peter was responsible for promoting village savings and loans associations, training on financial literacy and entrepreneurship/business development skills, and creating linkages to financial services. He has also worked as a consultant, helping to implement farmer institutional development programs and forming and strengthening savings and credit cooperative societies. In his free time, Peter likes to listen to music, watch news and Manchester United football.

    Peter Dema
    Assistant Country Director, Hoima, Uganda
  • Ellen Metzger joined Village Enterprise in 2010. Since joining, she’s worked as an intern, Operations Supervisor in the US office and S.M.A.R.T fellow in East Africa. She is deeply interested in international and economic development as well as Small and Medium Enterprise Development in Africa. Her passion for Africa stemmed from an internship in Ghana and has blossomed while working for Village Enterprise. She holds a BS in Finance and Accounting from Santa Clara University. She enjoys the outdoors, coaching lacrosse and experiencing new cultures.

    Ellen Metzger
    Associate Program Director
  • Maurice grew up in Soroti, Uganda. He graduated from Uganda Christian University in Kampala with a degree in Business Computing. Before joining Village Enterprise in 2012, Maurice worked with Agricultural Development Partners (ADP) as an Accounts Assistant and later as a Field Outreach Coordinator. He then joined Africare Uganda as a Database Administrator. Maurice spends his free time on agricultural activities, tending to his chickens and pigs.

    Maurice Eriaku
    Field Coordinator, Uganda
  • Isaac Otim joined Village Enterprise in November 2011 as Field Coordinator for Soroti, Uganda. Before joining Village Enterrpsie he worked with MTN Uganda as a Customer Service Advisor. Isaak holds a diploma in Co-operatives and Business Administration from Uganda Co-operative College.

    Isaac Otim
    Senior Field Coordinator, Soroti, Uganda
  • Nathaniel Kimutal Maiyo grew up in Nandi District, Kenya and earned his degree in Economics from Bugema University in Uganda. He first joined Village Enterprise in 2011 as a Business Mentor in Eldorest West District. Before this, he was a farmer, growing mostly maize and wheat. In his free time, Nathaniel continues to farm and enjoys reading business journals.

    Nathaniel Kimutai Maiyo
    Field Coordinator, Eldoret, Kenya
  • Linnet Ayuma is our Finance and Administration Manager for Kenya. As Finance and Administration Manager, Linnet oversees and controls operations and finance management across all field offices. She joined Village Enterprise in October 2004 as Operations Manager and lives in Kakamega, Village Enterprise’s Kenya headquarters. Linnet holds a certificate in Accounting. She is a praise and worship leader at her church and a leader of the Shikulu youth group.

    Linnet Ayuma
    Finance and Administration Manager, Kenya
  • Mike grew up in Kilingili, Kenya. He holds a degree in Business Administration and Finance from the US International University in Nairobi. After working with an MFI in Kisumu, he joined Village Enterprise in February 2012 as an intern in the Kakamega office before accepting his current position. When not at work, Mike enjoys watching movies, reading books, and rooting for Arsenal football.

    Mike Kwatoya
    M&E/MED Program Associate, Kenya
  • Nancy Shikuri
    Kakamega North District, Kakunga Sub-location, Kenya
  • Frankline Ochae joined Village Enterprise as an intern for the Kenya Office in May 2012. He holds a Diploma in Agriculture and Biotechnology from Bukura Agricultural College. Besides work, he enjoys travelling, dancing, and watching movies.

    Frankie Ochae
    Agronomist, Kenya
  • Macrine Bakesiima was born in Kyenjojo district, Western Uganda. She holds a degree in Information Technology from Gulu University located in northern Uganda. Previously she worked with Havilla Consultant Company LTD in Kampala as a data collector. Macrine joined Village Enterprise as an intern in January 2013. Outside of work, Macrine enjoys reading novels and watching movies.

    Macrine Bakesiima
    Finance and Administration Associate, Hoima, Uganda
  • AJ Doty graduated with his Master’s in International Development with a focus in program evaluation and education, from The American University, School of International Service in May 2013. He received his bachelors degree from Pitzer College where he graduated with honors in Sociology in 2009. As the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for Village Enterprise, he leads the implementation of an impact evaluation that will assess the core program of Village Enterprise and manages all the field program evaluation activities. AJ likes to travel, read, run and play tennis. He speaks English, Spanish, and French.

    AJ Doty
    Director of Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Moureen Kahwa
    Enumerator, Hoima, Uganda
  • David Mango is a recent graduate of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) where he received a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting. During his free time he likes to visit friends and go swimming.
    David Mango
    Assistant Operations Manager, Uganda
  • Heartwell Bigirwenkya grew up in Hoima, Uganda and graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Statistics. He is currently enrolled in the Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (CPA (U)) course. Before Joining Village Enterprise, he worked with FreshCuts Ltd. as an Accounts Officer for 2 years. In his free time he likes to do his own research and play soccer.

    Heartwell Bigirwenkya
    Finance and Administration Associate
  • Melvin Shisanya grew up in Kakamega County, Kenya and graduated with a degree in Technology: Telecommunications & Information Engineering from Technical University of Mombasa. Before joining Village Enterprise, Melvin worked as a technician with Solutions Generale in Kigali, Rwanda and was an intern with Chandaria Industries Limited in Nairobi, Kenya. Melvin spends his free time developing websites and programs, reading novels, listening to music and watching movies.

    Melvin Shisanya
    Program Associate, Kenya
  • Collines grew up in Jinja, Uganda and received his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration and Management: Finance and Accounting. He is currently pursuing his professional certificate for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-Uganda). In his prior work he was Accounts Assistant for Inachee Consulting Ltd. He is deeply interested in youth empowerment projects and does hiking and camping in his free time.

    Collines Buyinza
    Finance and Administration Associate, Uganda
  • Beatrice Busobozi
    Enumerator, Hoima, Uganda
  • Dennis first began working for Village Enterprise as an enumerator in Hoima in June 2013 and was promoted to Finance and Administrative Assistant in September of 2014. He received second class upper from Makerere University Business School with a Diploma in Business Administration. After university, he worked for two years as an accountant at private holding company in Uganda before joining Village Enterprise.

    Dennis Kwaligira
    Finance and Administrative Assistant, Hoima, Uganda
  • Geoffrey Kajuma
    Field Coordinator, Masindi District, Uganda
  • Gerald Kyalisiima
    Field Coordinator, Lira District, Uganda
  • Calistus Imbayi
    Field Coordinator, Kenya
  • Cissy Nakayimba
    Finance and Administration, Hoima, Uganda
  • Harriet Namugga
    Finance & Administration Assistant, Uganda

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