Mission: The Village Cooperative's mission is to empower villages around the world to become self-sustaining through the implementation of handicraft projects, micro-financing enterprises, small business development, and vocational skills training.
Results: The Village Cooperative has complete projects in Kenya, Thailand and Uganda. Successes include three women's fair trade handicrafts groups employing widows, women affected by HIV/AIDS and those vulnerable to human trafficking. Small business grants and loans have been granted to groups starting chicken coops, fisheries, a sewing business, a party rental group and small shops. The Village Cooperative has collaborated with the UN, the EU and local Kenyan partners to transform an internally displaced persons camp in which 250 families were living under one tent into a thriving eco-village comprised of single family homes and individual gardens and orchards. In partnership with local villages, TVC has helped fund and build schools and a medical clinic in Kenya. Plans are underway for a medical clinic to service Iraqi refugees in Jordan.
Target demographics: Women's groups in the developing world, specifically in Kenya, Thailand and Uganda.
Geographic areas served: Africa, Asia, Latin America
Programs: School, recycling and community center construction and development
as soon as i walk in i felt the different between this unique store
and any other store in indy , it feels like im walking in a world market
with products from all over the world and made me shopp more when i found out the money i spent most of it goes to a good cause , one of my favorite product is the tea(the best i ever had) if you havent been to the village exprinsse yet go visit and enjoy the exprinsse .
The Village Cooperative has started small businesses throughout Kenya and Uganda working to empower women and create economic opportunities in small villages.
Our supporters have contributed to our motorbike taxi company, tshirt screen printing business, chicken coops, organc gardens, tree orchards, fish farms, tent rental company, and pig project to name a few.
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