End Extreme Poverty
Future for All
Ending extreme poverty. Building a sustainable future for all.
Breaking the cycle of poverty
Meet tata Margaret. Entrepreneurship not only changed her life, but altered the trajectory for her daughter and granddaughter. Village Enterprise has impacted the lives of more than 1.5 million women and children like Margaret and her family. Help us transform the lives of millions more!Watch their story
Our Impact to Date
Results from two independent randomized controlled trials of the Village Enterprise program demonstrate that it is possible to sustainably and cost-effectively increase income, savings, assets, food consumption, and overall well-being of the most vulnerable populations in Africa.
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How We Will Lift Millions More Out of Poverty
Our goal is to end extreme poverty for 20 million people in Africa by 2030. We believe this is possible through bold decision-making, innovation, collective action, and advocacy.
Collective Action to End Poverty
We are partnering with governments, other nonprofits, funders, and private sector companies to scale up our entrepreneurship-driven and climate-smart approach to poverty alleviation and drive advocacy efforts to end extreme poverty in Africa. DREAMS for refugees, USAID Nawiri to reduce malnutrition, World Bank Kenya Social and Economic Inclusion Project, and UN Women Economic Empowerment through Climate-Smart Agriculture are just some of the exciting collective action initiatives that Village Enterprise is working on. We go farther together.Partnerships for Scale
Replicating Our Climate-Smart Poverty Graduation Model
Based on rigorous, independent RCT evidence, Village Enterprise’s cost-effective poverty graduation model reduces poverty, promotes gender-equity, and ensures minimal environmental impact. We are rapidly expanding by both growing our organization to replicate our cost-effective model as well as providing technical assistance to partners that also deliver our model. Partner with us to end extreme poverty!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
Funding to Drive Impact 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 impact and scale throughout Africa.Development Impact Bond
News & Awards
DREAMS, our innovative new model for supporting refugees and alleviating poverty, was awarded Fast Company’s World Changing Idea for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. And our CEO, Dianne Calvi, was awarded the Stanford University President’s Award for the Advancement of the Common Good.
On top of winning these prestigious awards, Village Enterprise also recently received a $7 million donation from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. Her gift will be a cornerstone of our work to end extreme poverty and build climate resilience for 20 million women, children, and men by 2030.MacKenzie Scott's Transformative Gift
Our Five-Year Report
From the arid drylands of northern Kenya to the lowland rainforests of Congo-Brazzaville, we’ve impacted the lives of 557,000 women, men, and children over the past five years. Learn more about our life-changing impact by diving into our Five-Year Report.Read the Five-Year Report
World-Class African Team
Passionate, talented, and committed to our mission, our team is the heartbeat of Village Enterprise. Each team member—97% of whom are African—exemplifies our core values of ubuntu, integrity, innovation, passion, and sustainability. We go far because we go together.About Us
Let our entrepreneurs inspire you.
Bellancile’s business, a retail shop that she launched with two other women in Butare, Rwanda, has not just changed her life—it’s also changed the lives of her six children, her husband, and her business partners. Since opening their doors to customers, their retail shop is now valued at $600 USD—a 233% increase in just six months. Read Bellancile’s story to learn how she plans to diversify her business and pave the way for others in her community.Read Stories from the Field