Entrepreneurship to
End Extreme Poverty

We believe a world free of extreme poverty is possible.

Village Enterprise equips and empowers first-time entrepreneurs in Africa with resources and skills to start sustainable businesses and savings groups.

With the income and savings from their businesses, our entrepreneurs lift themselves and their families out of economic hardship, build resilience, and break the cycle of poverty.

We transform lives by igniting the entrepreneurial spirit.

Over 1.1 Million Lives Transformed

Meet tata Margaret. Entrepreneurship not only changed her life, but altered the trajectory for her daughter and granddaughter. Help us transform the lives of millions more!

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Our Impact to Date

Results from an independent, randomized controlled trial show the comprehensive impact of the Village Enterprise program on poverty reduction and improved well-being.


Businesses started


First-time entrepreneurs trained


Lives changed


Increase in income


Increase in savings

Recognition for Impact and Excellence

Village Enterprise is one of the only non-profits in the world to be recognized at the highest level by all six of these respected organizations.

How We Will Lift Millions More Out of Poverty

Our goal is to end extreme poverty for 20 million Africans by 2030. We believe this is possible through bold decision-making, innovation, and collaboration. Join us.

Partnerships with Governments, Nonprofits, and Private Sector Companies

We are partnering with governments, other nonprofits, and private sector companies to scale up our entrepreneurship-driven and climate-smart approach to poverty alleviation and to drive advocacy efforts to end extreme poverty.

Partnerships for Scale
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Replicating Our Cost-Effective, Gender-Equitable, Climate-Smart Poverty Graduation Model

We are rapidly growing our organization to deliver our cost-effective programming that lifts people out of poverty, promotes gender equity, and ensures minimal environmental impact.

What We Do

Digital Solutions to Revolutionize Small Business Development in Africa

We are working with partners to develop and distribute digital tools to first-time entrepreneurs in rural Africa to achieve impact.

Digital Solutions and Innovation

New Funding to Drive Innovation and Scale

Building on our leadership and experience with launching the Village Enterprise Development Impact Bond (DIB)—the first in poverty alleviation—we are unlocking new, results-based funding for innovation and scale.

Development Impact Bond

World-Class African Team

Passionate, talented, and committed to our mission, our staff is the heartbeat of Village Enterprise. Each team member—95% of whom are African—exemplifies our core values and leads at every level in our organization to achieve impact.

About Us

Want to help end extreme poverty? Join our movement.

Fund a first-time entrepreneur, create a sustainable business, and transform lives. Join us in our movement to end extreme poverty for 20 million Africans by 2030.

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Let our entrepreneurs inspire you.

“It was only when we were introduced to Village Enterprise that we saw an organization that looked beyond survival, focusing on long-term quality of life for  individuals and their families.”
– Elizabeth Auma, Entrepreneur, Kenya

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