The Village Net

The Village Net is a micro-enterprise organization that seeks to empower economically active, underserved women and girls in Sub Saharan Africa. This is done through microloans, as well as continuing business management and entrepreneurship training. Additionally, The Village Net partners with colleges, NGO's and For Profits to secure solutions to water, health, education, economic, and hunger issues help break the cycle of poverty.
Dec 26, 2012

Proactive Food and Water strategy for drought

When a woman is empowered so is her family
When a woman is empowered so is her family

The Village Net would like to thank its supporters who have helped meet emergency food and water needs of the most impacted in Mwaani and Suswa  through the drought of 2012 and are now helping prepare for what appears after four in a row to be inevitable or highly likely drought season.  When the most needy--the most impacted were/are identified--it usually means that a total of four or five benefit--a woman and her family.

While our emergency food and water distribution program is geared to helping those most impacted by the inevitable drought, the intent is to be engaged in  proactive strategies that will if possible capitalize positively on the drought with businesses, partnerships, education, that will enable villagers to secure adequate food and water for their own health and well being in addition to keeping the microloan program functioning as it should.  If people have the means and health to keep economic activity going during drought TVN borrowers will be able to pay loans back and put food and water on their own families' tables as well. 

The water realities are ominous even if drought didn't occur each year.  The women and girls spend hours a day going for water which is often not clean or have to buy it which makes it compete with putting food on the table, health and education needs, and  paying back loans.  Water tanks, systems for catching water, filtering or purifying water to cut down on diseases which increase health of families and effectiveness at their businesses, boreholes/wells if the water is accessible--in Suswa for example, the rock base prevents drilling...all are possible answers.  Water is needed for growing the food.  What can be done --what must be done is on our plate to explore.  The microloan program will suffer without an adequate response.  The village needs to thrive economically to keep healthy economic activity going which will enable food and water to be able to be secured by all during drought times.

A partnership enabled us recently to provide two water tanks to Suswa area as part of water catchment and containment system that will serve needs of  school-orphange while helping meet village needs for water.  The hope is that that can develop into a  system that will enable water catching when it does rain, growing small garden plots around school to be able to provide for local children and orphans to help make it through drought with some nourishing food and clean water.

In 2013 TVN will move forward with securing partners to help with water solutions as well as steadily building the loan fund to be able to increase the size and number of loans in its villages. 

Your partnership in this is critical.  We are committed to empowering women to sustain their family's ability to survive and thrive and thank you for your support and dedication.  It does take a global village and YOU to make this happen.

Sep 26, 2012

Emerg. Food & Water Distribution Kenya Sept 2012

Bringing water home is a daily chore.
Bringing water home is a daily chore.

While our food distribution program provides immediate relief to our borrowers who live in drought-stricken Kenya, it is clear that we need to also focus on providing longer-term solutions to water shortages.  Even in rainy seasons, our women business owners and their daughters spend inordinate amounts of time collecting water from largely contaminated sources.  Collection involves carrying as much water as possible over many miles,  and requires daily trips.  When the women are freed from this onerous task, they have more time to spend on their businesses and are thus more able to repay loans and focus on business growth.

A current story talks about one woman who has used her TVN loans to purchase a water tank for her home.   Collection during rainy seasons will help the women prepare for the next drought; the lack of rain is predictable and should be approached as an ongoing challenge rather than an emergency situation.

The Village Net has partnered with Joy Bringers, a Seattle-based ministry, to leverage resources and provide water solutions on a larger scale.  While Joy Bringers builds a school in Enkaroni Village, Kenya, The Village Net is contributing to the purchase of large water tanks that will serve the school and the community.  This will help ease the water shortage until longer-term projects, such as piping water from a nearby waterfall into the village, can be implemented. 

Our Global Giving donors have made a direct impact on the lives of women in our villages.  Your support has
enabled them to improve the standard of living for their families in so many ways, and allowed them to not only  continue working in their businesses, but to grow their businesses.  You have helped build a foundation from which the women can continue to pull themselves and their families out of poverty, and you have given them the ability to achieve more for themselves than was ever anticipated.  We are all so grateful for your concern and support!

Home rain collection barrel bought with TVN loan
Home rain collection barrel bought with TVN loan
May 24, 2012

Emergency Food Distribution in Kenya

The Village Net thanks all of our supporters for your continued involvement or recently joining us in the Empowering 300 Women project as well as those of you who picked up the challenge to help out with the Emergency Food Distribution program.  

Your support came at a critical time for the villages in Kenya.  An anonymous donor added to the emergency food distribution program to enable distribution of emergency food to over 50 individuals most of whom represented a sole provider in the family. 

The increase in loans enabled the women to make it through the drought and be able to be ready for increased activity which is now resulting from rainy season kicking in…finally.

In both Kenyan villages going forward the loans are strategically going to support water co-ops to help prepare for and prevent  the ravages of the droughts while providing sustainable business opportunities for our borrowers.  Your partnership in this is critical.

We are committed to empowering women to sustain their family’s ability to survive and thrive.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication.  It does take a global village and YOU to make this happen.