About Village Enterprise

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Catalyzing Sustainable Impact

We have an audacious goal of ending extreme poverty for 20 million people in rural Africa by 2030. 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.

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Lives Impacted by Village Enterprise

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Financials

Coming Soon

Our Fiscal Year 2023 financial audit is currently being finalized. Thank you for your patience — the audited financials will be added to the report as soon as they are ready.

Our Team

World-class and locally-led, we hire our field staff directly from the communities and villages we serve. As our impact and reach have grown in rural Africa, so has our team—we now have 453 team members, 97% of whom are African.

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Team Members

97%

African Staff

61%

Senior Female
Leadership

61%

Senior African
Leadership
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Our team is the heart of our organization.

Guided by our North Star value of ubuntu, our team is passionate about ending extreme poverty in rural Africa. As our organization has tripled in size in recent years, we’ve retained our culture by putting our five core values—ubuntu, passion, integrity, innovation, and sustainability—at the forefront of all that we do.

As our organization has grown, we’ve further invested in our best-in-class poverty graduation model by hiring Eva Kigo, our first-ever Senior Director of Product and Services. Eva leads the innovation strategy for our model, spearheading design and implementation of transformative products. As technology and digital solutions continue to play an ever-more important role in our organization and model, Meshack Mbinda was promoted to Senior Director of Technology Solutions. And at the end of the fiscal year, our Director of Partnerships, Leah Okero, was promoted to Kenya Country Director.

Why ending extreme poverty matters to us.

Listen to our team members explain why ending extreme poverty is so important to them.

Muna Hellen

DREAMS Business Mentor

Uganda

Umutoniwase Honorine

Business Mentor

Rwanda

Isaiah Lekesike

Program Implementation Manager for KSEIP

Kenya

Leah Bwari Okero

Kenya Country Director

Kenya

Our Board

In May of 2023, we added four new dynamic African leaders to our Board of Directors—Ermias Eshetu, Michael Mithika, Evelyn Namara, and Alexis Rwabizambuga. All four members, along with Serah Kimani, who joined our board in 2022, are from Africa and live in our countries of operation. We are thrilled to have their industry expertise and insight into our work in Africa to guide Village Enterprise in our next phase of growth.

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    Emeka Ajoku

    Treasurer

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    Jamie Austin

    Secretary

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    Katie Boland

    Board Chair

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    Pat Brown

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    Dianne Calvi

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    Mary Dosunmu

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    Ermias Eshetu

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    Jay Friedrichs

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    Lisa Guerra

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    Debbie Hall

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    Serah Kimani

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    Michael Mithika

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    Evelyn Namara

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    Aleksandra Peters

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    Alexis Rwabizambuga

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    Bruce Sewell

    Vice Chair

Advisory Council

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    Tralance Addy

    Co-founder & President
    Plebys International
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    Brian Boland

    Co-founder
    Delta Fund
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    Charlie Bresler

    Executive Director
    The Life You Can Save
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    Jessica Jackley

    General Partner
    SparkLabs Global Ventures
    Co-founder of Kiva

Lead Donors & Funders

Village Enterprise is incredibly grateful to the following individuals, foundations, and funding partners for their contributions to help end extreme poverty. We’re also proud to report that 100% of our Board of Directors gives to Village Enterprise.

Visionary Level $100,000+

  • Anonymous (4)
  • Arcus Foundation
  • Ken and Cheryl Branson
  • Cartier Philanthropy
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Delta Fund
  • Bill Elmore
  • GOAL Uganda
  • Greater Impact Foundation
  • Lisa Guerra and Chuck Kung
  • IKEA Foundation
  • Laidir Foundation
  • Lucille Foundation
  • Montpelier Foundation
  • Linda and Ted Schlein
  • MacKenzie Scott
  • Sea Grape Foundation
  • Cynthia and Bruce Sewell
  • The Earl and Bettie Fields Charitable Foundation
  • The Life You Can Save
  • The Light Foundation
  • The Starbucks Foundation
  • Traders4ACause
  • UN Women
  • Whole Planet Foundation
  • World Bank / Government of Kenya
  • Younger Family Fund

Catalyst Level $50,000 - $99,999

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Len and Mary Anne Baker
  • Lewis and Kirsten Cirne
  • Evenlode Foundation
  • John Graves
  • Debbie and Russ Hall
  • Mark Lampert and Susan Byrd
  • Love Meyer Family Foundation
  • Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation
  • The Laura Ellen & Robert Muglia Family Foundation

Leadership Level $25,000-$49,999

  • Anonymous
  • Jeff and Christina Bird
  • Chris and Jessie Colburn
  • Jay and Joyce Friedrichs
  • Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trusts
  • JouwWeb
  • Mandy Lowell and Charles Munger
  • Kerin McCarthy and Natalie Fredman
  • DeeDee McMurtry
  • Menlo Church
  • UNFCU Foundation
  • Daniel Weaver and Katie Goetz
  • Hagit and Oren Zeev

Champion Level $10,000-$24,999

  • Emeka Ajoku and Affi Ekerenduh
  • Anonymous
  • Andrew Berman
  • Walt Bochenek
  • Sean Bogda
  • Mary and Arnold Bram
  • Pat and Debby Brown
  • Terri Bullock
  • Charles Abbott Associates, Inc.
  • Cogan Family Foundation
  • Mary Jane Elmore
  • Norman Godinho
  • Hennessy Family Gift Fund
  • Joanne Kagle
  • Angela and Nicholas Kalayjian
  • Rich and Gina Kelley
  • Lata Krishnan and Ajay Shah
  • Larry and Sue Langdon
  • Jackie and Lee Mighdoll
  • Teri and John O’Neel
  • Jill and Erik Olson
  • One Sky Giving Circle
  • Susan Packard Orr and Lyn Orr
  • Pamela Smith-Mentz and David Mentz
  • Ian Taylor
  • Neil Thompson and Lisa Rebert
  • West Foundation
  • Kim and John Whitcombe
  • Greg and Cheryl Wood

Major Level $5,000-$9,999

  • Lauren Adams
  • Anonymous
  • Jamie Austin and Ray Schreiber
  • Elizabeth Buchanan
  • Jane and Robert Burgess
  • Rob and Stacey Chess
  • Rebecca and Cy Colburn
  • Seamus Connolly
  • Craig and Whitney DeVine
  • Michael Dittmar
  • Loraine England
  • First Dollar Foundation
  • Frank Family Foundation
  • Jennifer and Dale Fuller
  • Heaven’s Helping Hand Foundation
  • Steve Herskovitz and Pam Jones
  • Bill and Julie Hooper
  • Eric Hostetler
  • JDC Charitable Fund
  • Simon Lipskar
  • Peggy and Pedro Lizaur
  • Geri and Scott Macomber
  • Matthew McMillan
  • Parncutt Family Foundation
  • Aleks and Russell Peters
  • Eeh Pyoung Rhee
  • Emma Satyamurti
  • Patrick Sharry
  • Charles and Debra Smith
  • Larry and Kristin Wu
  • Susan and David Young
  • Konstantin and Jessica Zvereff

Matching Gifts & In-Kind

  • Amazon Smile
  • Apple
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Benevity
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Gap Inc.
  • Giving Block
  • Global Impact / Pitney Bowes Employee Involvement Fund
  • Google
  • Hess Inc.
  • Intel
  • Lam Research
  • Legacy Venture Management
  • Media Math
  • Merck
  • Microsoft
  • Netflix
  • PepsiCo
  • Salesforce.org
  • Universal Music Group
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