Village Enterprise Series (2 of 4): The Journey Begins!

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This post is the second in a series where we will be profiling the work of Village Enterprise and more specifically, following one of their team members, Whitney, as she travels to Africa and walks us through their amazing work.

Village Enterprise is an organization working to eradicate extreme poverty in East Africa through their innovative program that equips people with the skills and resources to establish their own small business. Whitney is the Marketing & Development intern, who will be spending the next month traveling around Uganda and taking us through the Village Enterprise program.

You can check out the first post here.

The real journey begins today! Whitney is arriving in Uganda this afternoon and will spend the next day getting settled and meeting the team working on the ground. On Saturday, she will begin the Vision Trip, which has her leading a group of donors through the entire business creation program.

The group will attend several meetings, training classes and business mentoring sessions, as well as visit some of the local businesses that were established through the program. Whitney will be capturing this two-week tour via the Village Enterprise Impact Page, giving you a complete look into the entire process.

New Impact Page

We are also excited to announce that Village Enterprise launched their Impact Page this morning. This Impact Page gives you an in-depth look into Village Enterprise and their unique approach to ending extreme poverty.

You can check out their Impact Page here:

http://karmastore.org/i/villageenterprise

Whitney has already taken her first photo of her trip (which also happens to be the first official photo uploaded using our Camera App). This is only the first of many, as she documents her work and travels through Uganda. Be sure to continue checking the Village Enterprise Impact Page for those updates.

Please show your support for this amazing organization by sharing their Impact Page with your friends.

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Village Enterprise Series (1 of 4): Whitney’s Journey

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Today is an exciting day for us here at Karma Store! We are very proud to announce our newest partnership with Village Enterprise, an awesome organization helping people in East Africa lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

This partnership comes at a very special time for Village Enterprise as their Marketing & Development intern, Whitney, takes her first trip to East Africa to assist the development and operations teams in the field. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting a series of articles focusing on Whitney’s trip to Uganda and her work on the ground. We want to give you an in-depth look into how Village Enterprise is creating long-lasting solutions to some of the poorest regions in the world.

About Village Enterprise

Village Enterprise is taking a unique approach at eradicating extreme poverty by equipping individuals and communities with the knowledge and resources to create sustainable businesses. Their core program focuses on identifying the poorest individuals in the local village and working directly with this group to educate, train and prepare them to start and maintain their own small business.

These businesses range from agriculture, to retail, to craftsmanship, but all of them are developed by the participants and are structured to have a long-lasting impact on the community. Aside from the actual businesses being created, the most valuable assets Village Enterprise provides are the education and skill-sets involved with managing a successful business. This knowledge can be applied to future endeavors, as well as passed down to other community members, helping future generations break out of the cycle of poverty.

Our Village Enterprise article series will help you understand the full impact of this innovative program, presented by  Whitney as she travels to Uganda and works with the team in the field. She will be walking us through each step of the Village Enterprise core-program, giving you an in-depth look at the participatory wealth ranking, the business training meetings, the one-on-one mentoring and much more. To document her travels, Whitney will be using the Karma Store Camera App (which we just launched for Android) to update the Village Enterprise Impact Page.

This is only the first in a series of posts we will be doing as we follow Whitney and her work in Africa. We will be covering the highlights of her trip, but if you want to follow the full story, be sure to check out their Impact Page launching later this week.

You can learn more about Village Enterprise and their awesome work via their website, Facebook and blog.