Partners

“If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

We Cannot End Extreme Poverty Alone

To increase our impact and scale, Village Enterprise partners with NGOs, governmental agencies, corporations, foundations, research institutions, universities, religious institutions and giving networks.

“Village Enterprise’s cost-effective, innovative, and high-impact poverty reduction model ensures that the most vulnerable individuals benefit from project interventions. Their hands-on approach with local leaders enables participants to develop essential business skills.”

Grace Kemirembe, FHi360 Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Community Connector Project

Scaling Partners

In Uganda and Kenya

FHI360USAID

Village Enterprise partners with FHI 360 on the USAID-funded Uganda Community Connector Project and works exclusively with ultra-poor youth. Village Enterprise also conducted a study to understand the unique needs and preferences of youth entrepreneurs (ages 18-25).

Flagship Partners

In additional African countries

We are actively seeking large NGO partners to bring our program and expand our impact into additional African countries.

Technical Assistance Partners

WCS

In 2015, we have partnered with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to implement our Business Savings Groups Program for Private Forest Owners Associations WCS works within the Hoima region. In 2014, we partnered with Elevate Africa to bring our training program to Mali and Burkina Faso.
Budongo Conservation Field Station / Jane Goodall Institute / Kenya Wildlife Services / Wildlife Conservation Society

Technology Partners

taroWorksGrameenmotorola

We leverage our network of business mentors to disseminate pro-poor technologies, and we partner with cutting-edge mobile and cloud-based technology providers for increased efficiency.
TaroWorks / Grameen Labs / Kickstart / Motorola

Strategy Partners

Bainsv2

Village Enterprise was selected as a pro-bono partner of Bain & Co. Bain helped develop our FY18-FY20 Strategic Plan and scaling strategy. Silicon Valley Social Venture Partners (SV2) selected Village Enterprise as their 2015 International Social Impact Partner, which includes a $150,000 grant and multi-year “beyond the dollars support” for successful scaling. Segal Family Foundation selected Village Enterprise as a recipient of their 2015 Targeted Capacity Support Program. Maverick1000 ventures provide funding and pro-bono support in fundraising, marketing and communications.
Bain & Company / SV2 / Maverick1000

Thought Leadership Partners

IPAMastercardBCG

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), which utilizes top academics to measure the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at helping the poor, is overseeing our Randomized Controlled Trial.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) / Mastercard / USAID / BCG

Akina Mama Partners

AkinaMama

The Akina Mama Project connects women entrepreneurs to their counterparts in East Africa in a movement that is easy, inspiring, and fun!
The Akina Mama Project

Agricultural Experts

MakerereKARINairobi

To provide our agricultural businesses with expertise, Village Enterprise partners with universities and agricultural institutes.
Makerere University of Agriculture / Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) / Nairobi University

“Village Enterprise is already a dynamic force for economic empowerment in East Africa, but in some ways the “best kept secret” in international development. That’s because it goes where other NGOs do not, working behind the scenes in remote communities to catalyze and support local enterprises. SV2 is thrilled to support VE as it builds its capacity for even greater positive impact!”

Nancy Heinen, SV2 Co-lead

Funding Partners

View on our funders page.

Partner with Us

Interested in learning more about becoming a partner? Please contact Ellen Metzger at ellenm@villageenterprise.org.