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“IF YOU EDUCATE A MAN YOU EDUCATE AN INDIVIDUAL
BUT IF YOU EDUCATE A WOMAN, YOU EDUCATE A NATION ”

                                                                                                     – AFRICAN PROVERB

Our Solutions

As a social enterprise with the needs of women in our core agenda, Village Ventures International has the mission to empower women with skills and resources for agribusiness development, rural employment, gender equality, and alleviation of poverty. We aim to do this by:

Providing safe space for work:
Providing safe space for work:
We give women in agribusiness the possibility to lease land or market stalls that are owned by Village Ventures International on seasonal or year contracts.
Providing seed capital:
Providing seed capital:
We give women start-up capital in the form of microloans in support of agribusiness ideas either to buy seeds and farm inputs for farming or business stock to sell.
Providing other consultative services:
Providing other consultative services:
They allow women to have equal representation and cooperative advantage. This includes agribusiness training & technical information, bargaining power,<br /> 51% legal advice for contractual business, Baby care services for mothers with children under five etc.
Providing machinery for trade:
Providing machinery for trade:
such as tractors for tilling of land, irrigation equipment, generators for alternative energy, bicycles, motorcycles or trucks to transport produce to markets as well as proper apparel for trade that aid increase of production and sales.

Feeding Program

Our History

Lack of education in basic information together with a lack of resources are key reasons why Women in Kenya perform poorly in agribusiness. supporting women farmers will improve the infrastructure and reduce trade barriers and urban migration of those in search of employment and better standards of living. Many female farmers will be encouraged to farm, which in turn would ensure food security in the country and reduce gender-based violence where women are victims.
Village Farm Project

Village Farm Project

Our Previous Projects Include The Village Farm Project funded by The Pollination Project where we leased 10 acres of land and together with our women farmers planted watermelons, soya beans and sweet potatoes that earned three times the USD 1000 grant
Lady Mekanika Project

Lady Mekanika Project

The Lady Mekanika Project trained 60 women as automobile mechanics who now are skilled with expertise in converting salvaged vehicles into mobile market sheds for women farmers.
Women’s Academy

Women’s Academy

The Women’s Academy offers vocational skills training to women with the use of refurbished equipment donated by our partners in Europe being used as training and entrepreneurial aid machinery.

Our Key Metrics

We aim to measure our success by evaluating :

1. Number of female headed households from our membership that can earn at least USD 500 per month as basic income.
2. Number of Registered Women self help groups (At least 10 members per group) that join our Village Agribusiness Project
(VAP)
3. Number of local Women Investors who choose to partner with us in VAP
4. Acrerage Leased or Owned by VVI per year
5. Tonnage of Farm Produce per season /per year
6. Revenue earned per season/per year

Rural Women

Women Group

Women Investors

Our Market opportunity

Nearly 63% of all economically active men are engaged in agriculture as compared to 78% of women who make the majority of the farm laborers and market vendors.

In agriculturally productive regions, farmers have problems getting their produce to relatively nearby markets, Most don’t own a truck, car, or even a bicycle. Female farmers, by custom, mainly walk or use public transportation when available. 

As a result, brokers and hawkers with trucks, motorcycles and bicycles commonly transport produce to cooperatives and markets, reaping most of the trading benefits. But the brokers won’t travel on untarmarked roads that are washed out by rain, thus produce often get rotten in the fields leading to huge losses.

Competitors Analysis

1. Land Ownership

2. Lease of Machinery

3. Microloans and seed capital

4. Pro bono Training and agricultural extension
Services

5. Marketing

6. Renewable Energy: biogas, solar, generator

1. Patriarchal Authority that gives Husbands and sons ownership to
family land

2. Famio Services Limited, Individual, farmers’ cooperatives

3. Banks and Micro Finance Institutions

4. Private Agricultural Extention officers offering services at a fee

5. Agricultural Cooperatives and Middle Men who buy farm produce at
lower prices for higher profits at markets

6. Environmental unfriendly and expensive alternatives
• Wood /charcoal,
• Electricity from Kenya Power and Lighting Company

Our Product and Strategy

Registered Women Self-Help Groups with at least 10 members Are our agent managing village Agribusiness Project entrepreneurs at the village level. Currently, we work with over 50 women groups in Nairobi, Busia Kwale, Kilifi, Siaya, and Turkana.
Our Primary Investment Has come from our founder Lindy Wafula, Private individuals and institutional Partner Impact Investors such as : Cordes Foundation, Perry Foundation, Project Africa, Tools for Work, Tools with a Mission, Imago Dei Fund, The Pollination Project, Global philanthropy Alliance
We are working with local partners in our previous projects to supply relevant machinery and contractual agreements to our Village Agribusiness Project. The Women’s Academy The Rabbit Project Farmer’s Choice Lady Mekanika Project The Biogas Project Mace Foods LTD
No Poverty
No Poverty
Create sound policy frameworks based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions.
Zero Hunger
Zero Hunger
End hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
Gender Equality
Gender Equality
Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to achieve equality and promote the empowerment of all women and girls.
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work targeting both men and women

Investing Budgetary Strategy Pre-Year 1

Production
20000USD
Land and market sheds are leased As spaces for work by women entrepreneurs.
Machinery
10000USD
arm Machinery and equipment for lease
Seed Capital
15000USD
Micro loans are given as seed capital for start-up stock .
Administration
5000USD
Office operations and salaries
Upon possible Impact Investment of USD 200 000 This is how we will earn revenue.

Our Revenue Channels

Lease Agreements on:
• Farm Land • Farm Machinery
Membership
Through Membership of VAP members & agents
Training
Village Ventures will offer training through our farms
Sales
we intend to generate revenue through Sales of Farm produce and bi-products
Interest
Interest acquired through Micro loans
Assets
Appreciation value of Assets especially land.

Social Impact Vs Exit Strategy

Village Ventures International is founded with the social entrepreneurship model at its heart aimed at empowering women youth and people with disabilities. With the implementation of Our Village Agribusiness Project, we shall invest in the education of girls in villages of Kenya to ensure that girls pursue their dreams, are prevented from early marriages and protected from female genital mutilation amongst other gender-based violence aimed at women and girls.
We shall:

  • Pay school fees for girls.
  • Buy sanitary towels and inner garments.
  • Provide Bicycles for girls who walk long distances to go to school
    Build libraries.
  • Establish Farm clubs in villages where VAP is run.

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