Village Enterprise

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Village Enterprise equips people living in extreme poverty with the resources to create sustainable businesses.

A Silicon-Valley-innovation-meets-East-African-entrepreneurship success story, Village Enterprise is leading a game-changing effort to help entire families leave extreme poverty behind. Guided by top Silicon Valley business and technology acumen, Village Enterprise’s model is both scalable and locally adaptable.

Our vision is a world free of extreme poverty and chronic hunger, where people have the economic means to sustain their families.

Since its inception, Village Enterprise has been developing and refining an innovative model of poverty reduction combining business skills and financial literacy training, seed capital grant or non-cash asset transfer, Business Savings Group Program, and ongoing mentoring to create small rural businesses. Village Enterprise’s economic development model plays a unique role in the microfinance industry, providing economic opportunities in rural, agricultural areas that other organizations are not reaching, and gives men and women living in extreme poverty the opportunity to transform a small grant into a new business, a better standard of living, and hope for the future. Village Enterprise is headquartered locally in San Carlos, CA, and currently operates in Kenya and Uganda. Since 1987, Village Enterprise has started more than 30,000 businesses, trained more than 130,000 business owners, and helped lift more than 660,000 people out of extreme poverty in rural Uganda and Kenya. 75% of our businesses are still in existence after four years.

Village Enterprise is a 4-star rated Charity Navigator organization, with only 0.1% of all 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations receiving this distinction. We also were named one of Rockefeller Foundation’s top “Next Century Innovators” in 2013.

Village Enterprise strives to be a leader in using cutting-edge technologies to improve the efficiency and quality of our extreme poverty reduction program. Additionally, we pride ourselves on our ability to adopt innovating technologies and best-practices and train our local staff in the field. We empower local Kenyans and Ugandans with the tools necessary to sustainably run a business, collect data, and share their stories.

Help us continue our work in East Africa using sustainable and innovative technology solutions for economic development. Because of Village Enterprise’s unique microenterprise development model targeting people living in extreme poverty in remote and rural areas, we are able to significantly increase adoption and use of technologies among the most underserved populations in this emerging market.

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Village Enterprise
751 LAUREL ST 222
Pmb #222 SAN CARLOS, CA 94070

(650) 802-8891



Village Enterprise equips people living in extreme poverty with the resources to create sustainable businesses.

EIN: 222852248

Reports: Guidestar


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