Our Impact

Village Enterprise employs rigorous methodologies to monitor our program and evaluate its impact.

Cutting-Edge Monitoring and Evaluation

Village Enterprise employs rigorous methodologies to monitor programs and evaluate impact. We use Taroworks, the mobile technology tool developed by the Grameen Foundation, to collect and analyze our M&E data.


Typical Village Enterprise Program Participant

Lives below $1.90 per day

81% women*

Average age: 36 years old
(20-year-olds in youth-targeted program)

Has 6.5 dependents

Unemployed or subsistence farmer

After 1-year Village Enterprise Program

Standard of living increased by 35%

Food consumption and security enhanced by 178%

Protein in diet increased 4 times

Status enhanced within community

*Women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities, compared to men who reinvest only 30% to 40% of their income. (Groundbreakers: Ernst & Young 2009)


We use locally defined poverty indicators via the Participatory Wealth Ranking process and IPA’s Progress Out of Poverty Index to ensure that 95% of our participants fall below the poverty line.


We use business plan applications, progress reports, exit surveys and business savings group surveys to track the progress of all business groups.


We conduct consumption and expenditure surveys and PPI surveys at the beginning and end of each training program to assess our impact. In addition, we are conducting an independent (RCT) to evaluate our ultra-poor microenterprise development program with 6,600 households across Uganda.


We produce internal performance reports three times per year to troubleshoot problems in a timely fashion and ensure the smooth implementation of program activities and expected outcomes.

Longevity studies

We complete periodic longevity studies to assess the sustainability of our small businesses four years after creation.

Most Significant Change

We supplement our rigorous data collection with “Most Significant Change” profiles that highlight individual stories.

“In our portfolio of 180 NGOs, organizations, CBOs and non-profits, Village Enterprise has one of the most advanced, comprehensive, functional and integrated-into-operations Monitoring and Evaluation Programs, and is particularly sophisticated for an organization its size.”

Ash Lauren Rogers, MPA, Director of Operations, Segal Family Foundation