Village Enterprise's mission is to equip people living in extreme poverty with resources to create sustainable businesses.
Their vision is a world free of extreme poverty and chronic hunger, where people have the economic means to sustain their families.
Since its inception in 1987, Village Enterprise has been developing and refining an innovative model of poverty reduction combining training, seed capital grant or non-cash asset transfer, 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 in San Carlos, CA, and currently operates in Kenya and Uganda.
Village Enterprise is unique in its focus on the rural people, helping them obtain the business skills, confidence, and funding to start new businesses using their skills to capitalize on market opportunities.
To date, Village Enterprise has launched 27,000 micro-enterprises and permanently changed the lives of 615,000 people.