Village Enterprise’s mission is to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation. Village Enterprise has started over 33,000 businesses, trained over 136,000 new small business owners and lifted over 700,000 people out of extreme poverty. Over 80% of our business owners are women. After one year in our program, the standard of living for our business owners increases by an average of 35% and savings increase by 200%. And after four years, 75% of our businesses are still in operation.