About Village Enterprise

About us

We envision an African continent forever free of extreme poverty.

Community-based and locally-led, our poverty graduation program equips the most vulnerable women, refugees, and youth with the skills and resources to start climate-smart businesses and savings groups, ultimately breaking the cycle of extreme poverty. Our program not only builds self-reliance and financial inclusion, but it also strengthens gender equity, improves physical and mental well-being, promotes conservation efforts, cultivates resilience to climate change and other global shocks, and ensures a brighter future for generations to come.

Who we are

With over 30 years of experience working in rural Africa, the Village Enterprise team is guided by our core values of ubuntu, passion, integrity, innovation, and sustainability. Our cutting-edge organization is driven by data, consistent and rigorous evaluation of our programs, and a commitment to improving our program through human-centered design and lean impact approaches. By keeping innovation at the core of who we are, we want to ensure we have the best practices in place and remain at the forefront of the poverty alleviation sector.

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Where we are going

We’re on a mission to end extreme poverty for 20 million women, men, and children by 2030. Over the coming years and guided by our three-year strategic plan, we will continue to scale our work in our countries of operation, as well as expand into new countries across Africa through partnerships with leading international nonprofits and NGOs, governments, and private sector companies.

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