Our Audacious Goal

Lift over 20 million people in rural Africa out of extreme poverty by 2030.

For the first time in 20 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty is increasing.

Climate change, conflict, and other economic shocks are reversing decades of progress and pushing entire communities into extreme poverty.

But there’s hope.

Village Enterprise has a proven solution that is backed by rigorous evidence from two independent randomized controlled trials. By joining us, you can help break the cycle of extreme poverty for millions more!

Help transform millions of lives.

Our catalytic campaign to raise $25 million will help transform over 3 million lives in the next three years and put Village Enterprise on a path of exponential growth, impacting 20 million lives by 2030.

By equipping the most vulnerable women, refugees, and youth with training, mentoring and cash grants to launch climate-smart businesses and savings groups, our poverty graduation model lifts families in rural Africa out of extreme poverty, improves their well-being, mental health and resiliency, and ensures a brighter future for generations to come.

Over the past 36 years, we’ve transformed the lives of 1.6 million people.

With your help, it will only take us
3 years to transform the lives
of the next 3 million.

Will you be part of this life-changing movement?

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Scaling Across Africa

Our use of digital technology and our group-based business model makes our approach more scalable, efficient, and cost-effective than traditional poverty alleviation approaches. By partnering with funders, agencies, other nonprofits, and African governments, our poverty graduation model is poised to exponentially scale across Africa.

Over the past 7 years, I have been impressed by Village Enterprise’s proven and cost-effective intervention to work with the most vulnerable to provide them with the tools to live a better life. They are constantly innovating and improving on their model to increase their impact especially among women and are not afraid of taking on very ambitious challenges, such as successfully putting together and implementing the first development impact bond for poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa. Cartier Philanthropy is excited to continue to invest in Village Enterprise’s life-changing program.

Pascale De La Fregonniere
Strategic Advisor to the Board, Cartier Philanthropy and Cartier for Nature

Building a sustainable future for all.

Extreme poverty is not purely an economic state, but has complex roots in gender inequity, climate change, food insecurity and malnutrition, forced displacement, and more. That’s why our model is at the center of collective action initiatives to empower women, drive climate resilience and protect the environment, better support refugees, invest in youth, and reduce hunger and malnutrition. Learn more about the depth of our impact below.

Empowering Women

Ending extreme poverty means investing in women. And we’re doing just that through partnerships with UN Women, The Starbucks Foundation, and others. Not only are 83% of our entrepreneurs women, but our female entrepreneurs have increases in mental health, well-being, and sense of economic standing.

Learn more about how we’re empowering women through entrepreneurship.

Driving Climate Resilience & Protecting the Environment

We’re partnering with leading conservation nonprofits such as African Wildlife Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society to protect endangered species and natural habitats, all while equipping our entrepreneurs with the skills they need to adapt to the threats of climate change.

Learn more about our work to create a sustainable future for all.

Supporting Refugees

The winner of a Fast Company World Changing Ideas Award and the Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award for Refugees, our DREAMS for Refugees model is proving there’s a better, more sustainable way to support refugees. DREAMS is funded by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and others.

Learn how we’re transforming refugee relief with Mercy Corps.

Investing in Youth

Africa is the world’s youngest continent—60% of Africa’s estimated 1.4 billion people are under the age of 25. As youth unemployment is one of the world’s biggest challenges, we’ve teamed up with GOAL, Mercy Corps, and Mastercard Foundation to make sure Africa’s young people have the opportunities they need to thrive.

Learn more about our work with Africa’s next generation.

Reducing Acute Child Malnutrition

The drylands of northern Kenya have long been vulnerable to chronic rates of acute child malnutrition, and climate change is only making the situation more dire. But despite this tremendous adversity, initial results are showing positive outcomes for families in our program as part of USAID Nawiri, a consortium project with Catholic Relief Services.

Learn more about how we’re reducing child malnutrition.

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