Our Impact

Village Enterprise employs rigorous methodologies to monitor our program and evaluate its impact.

Cutting-Edge M&E

Village Enterprise employs rigorous methodologies to monitor programs and evaluate impact. We use the Grameen Foundation’s mobile tech tool Taroworks to collect and analyze our M&E data.

ImpactMatters: Evidence of Impact

Village Enterprise has received a top rating in a rigorous “Impact Audit” with ImpactMatters, an organization co-founded by Yale economist Dean Karlan. ImpactMatters helps donors identify nonprofits that offer the best return on charitable dollars, as well as help nonprofits use data to deliver effective programs. Organizations are rated in four key areas: quality of evidence, cost of impact, quality of monitoring systems, and learning and iteration.

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Village Enterprise impact statistics since 1987

Typical Village Enterprise Program Participant

Lives below $1.90 per day

76% women*

Average age: 36 years old
(20-year-olds in youth-targeted program)

Has 6.5 dependents

Unemployed or subsistence farmer

*Women reinvest 90% of their income in their families and communities, compared to men who reinvest only 30% to 40% of their income. (Groundbreakers: Ernst & Young 2009)


We use locally defined poverty indicators via the Participatory Wealth Ranking process and IPA’s Progress Out of Poverty Index to ensure that 95% of our participants fall below the poverty line.


We use business plan applications, progress reports, exit surveys and business savings group surveys to track the progress of all business groups.


We conduct consumption and expenditure surveys and PPI surveys at the beginning and end of each training program to assess our impact. In addition, we conducted an independent randomized controlled trial to evaluate our program with 6,600 households across Uganda.


We produce internal performance reports three times per year to troubleshoot problems in a timely fashion and ensure the smooth implementation of program activities and expected outcomes.

Most Significant Change

We supplement our rigorous data collection with “Most Significant Change” profiles that highlight individual stories.

“In our portfolio of 180 NGOs, organizations, CBOs and non-profits, Village Enterprise has one of the most advanced, comprehensive, functional and integrated-into-operations Monitoring and Evaluation Programs, and is particularly sophisticated for an organization its size.”

Ash Lauren Rogers, MPA, Director of Operations, Segal Family Foundation