Village Enterprise Fund (VEF)

Village Enterprise Fund (VEF)

Operating for over 26 years in East Africa, Village Enterprise’s mission is to equip people living in extreme poverty with resources to create sustainable businesses. Village Enterprise plays a unique role in the microfinance industry, providing economic opportunities in areas that other organizations are not reaching and giving ultra poor enterprising poor men and women the opportunity to transform a small grant into a business and a better standard of living. Delivered by a network of local Business Mentors, Village Enterprise’s unique, successful and cost-effective approach involves:

  • Comprehensive business and financial literacy TRAINING
  • Seed capital GRANT (not loans) in the form of cash or business assets
  • Extensive year-long MENTORING by local staff
  • Development of SAVINGS groups for long‐term sustainability

And it provides the platform to expand the program to include conservation goals and training to address biodiversity/resource issues.
 

Projects

Pioneered in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute in 2007 around the Budongo Forest, one of Western Uganda’s critical chimpanzee habitats, Village Enterprise has developed an integrated poverty alleviation and conservation program and has since replicated it in the Kisere Rainforest of Western Kenya.   We also have added resources sustainability principles and examples to our training curriculum.

Conservation outcomes include:
• Significant contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of the ultra-poor living around the forest
• Reduction in the numbers of the respondents using practices that are harmful to the environment
• Increased awareness of forestry conservation

Equipping and empowering the enterprising poor who live adjacent to the Forest to understand, plan and operate sustainable businesses - whether agriculture, livestock, or retail - is a key requirement in meeting conservation goals.

Contacts
Type of organisation: 
Development organisation
Location: 
United States of America
Contacts: 

PCLG – International, DRC, Uganda:

Susan Young (Conservation Program Volunteer-US office) –  susany@villageef.org

PCLG International and DRC:

Astrid Haas (East Africa Regional Director) –  astridh@villageef.org

PCLG-Uganda:

AJ Doty (Director of Monitoring and Evaluation) - ajd@villageef.org

Patrick Eritu (Program Associate-Conservation) - patricke@villageef.org

 

Village Enterprise, 751 Laurel Street, PMB 222, San Carlos, CA 94070, USA
Phone: +1 (650) 802-8891, Fax: +1 (650) 802-8890

About us

The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group is an international network of organisations that promotes learning on the linkages between biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction.

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IIED The Poverty and Conservation Learning Group is a project coordinated by IIED.

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