Village Enterprise aims to strategically link microenterprises to value chains to significantly increase their profitability and sustainability. In many rural East African industries–especially agriculture–microenterprises operate independently. They have lower margin potential and very little access to value chains. By creating microenterprises with high margin potential and then organizing them into co-ops (and thus linking them to value chains), Village Enterprise can considerably increase their incomes and realize a parallel reduction in poverty.
Village Enterprise developed the sunflower value chain in the Teso region of Uganda where over 2,000 Village Enterprise trained farmers are now growing sunflowers for oil production.