Kenya & Uganda: From shelters to startups, each month Tease Tea selects an organization to support and focus on for the betterment, and empowerment of women.
Village Enterprise identifies the extreme poor in Kenya and Uganda and delivers a four part program to build businesses that increase household income: entrepreneurship training, a cash grant, business mentoring and a savings group. Businesses are started in groups of 3 participants which are later organized into Business Savings groups of 10 businesses each.
Since its founding in 1987, it has trained 146,000 owners who have opened 36,000 businesses. There is strong evidence that the Village Enterprise program leads to a significant and persistent increase in income.
Many of the world’s very poorest people are caught in a poverty trap because they face multiple reinforcing barriers to improving their standard of living, e.g. lack of access to capital for productive investments, poor information about managing assets, and inability to make risky but potentially productive investments due absence of a safety net or savings buffer.