Fund a special project

Fund a special project

Your major donation can directly impact an issue, organization, or region you’re passionate about. Choose from current projects in need of funding, or work with us to develop an opportunity that matches your values and interests. To get started, contact:

Rickard Vikstrom

Executive Director rickard@thelifeyoucansave.org

Fund a Village

Fund a Village

Village Enterprise

689 million people in the world live in extreme poverty and survive on less than $1.90 a day. Because of the pandemic, global conflicts, and rising inflation, the World Bank has estimated that nearly 100 million more people could be pushed into extreme poverty in 2022 when compared to pre-pandemic projections. Of those living in extreme poverty, a majority—nearly 490 million people—live in Africa. These families are incredibly vulnerable to the devastating impacts of climate change, rising food prices, and other global shocks.  

Village Enterprise’s mission is to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation. By partnering with governments, nonprofits, United Nations agencies, conservation organizations, and private sector companies, Village Enterprise provides first-time entrepreneurs in Africa with resources and skills to start climate-resilient businesses and savings groups. Village Enterprise works with the most vulnerable women, refugees, and youth, equipping them to adapt to the shocks of climate change, displacement, the pandemic, and conflict.

Results from two independent randomized controlled trials of the Village Enterprise program demonstrate that it is possible to sustainably and cost-effectively increase income, savings, assets, food consumption, and the overall well-being of the most vulnerable populations in Africa.

The Village Enterprise team is world-class and locally led, and the organization’s evidence-based, cost-effective approach has been recognized by Innovations for Poverty Action, The Life You Can Save, Founders Pledge, the Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award, Impact Matters, The Drucker Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, and more. 

We believe it is possible to end extreme poverty and build a sustainable future for all. But we can’t do it alone. With only $40,000, you can put an entire village on a sustainable path out of extreme poverty as the funds are used to create five business savings groups, start 50 small businesses, train 150 first-time entrepreneurs, and transform the lives of 1,000 people.

FUND-A-VILLAGE FROM US$ 40,000


Rickard Vikstrom

Executive Director rickard@thelifeyoucansave.org