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Sustainable Villages Initiative

SVI

Sustainable Villages Initiative is supported by a friendly dababase that services local leaders globally. To view Click Here.

Supporting Indigenous Organizations Since 1988

Sustainable Villages Initiative (SVI) has been active since 1988 through partnerships with locally-developed community-based organizations (CBOs) in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti. A CBO is created when local citizens in rural areas unite to plan sustainable ways to improve the quality of life for their own families and all persons in their villages. The CBOs are supported by Canadian philanthropists and community developers. Participants receive capital grants to start community-based businesses and gifts to support medical and agricultural efforts which benefit entire villages. The outcome of an effective CBO is an economic stimulus that increases per capita income and reduces systemic problems such as under-five mortality, maternal death and untreated diseases.

Village Health & Business Development

SVI helps to stimulate local economies through small business development and improved health services. Participants launch sustainable businesses with the assistance of ‘pay-forward’ capital grants without the excessive burden of high interest or risky security commitments. Successful businesses established to date include: piggeries, small tailoring shops, kiosk pharmacies, small fish farms, village grinding mills, community grinding mills, chicken farms, fertilizer enhancement projects and internet cafes. Improved medical services created by local villages involve the creation or strengthening of sustainable medical dispensaries and maternity clinics.

The Sustainable Villages Fund

The Sustainable Villages Fund provides capital grants for village-based, enterprising non profit businesses that are willing to share profits with other new start-ups. The businesses are operated by village leaders with a proven track record of business success and a dedication to benefit others in their social networks. Funds offered to community leaders for enterprising non profit businesses (ENPs) are recycled to the SVI Fund within one year to enable the pay-forward creation of new ENP ventures and new CBOs in other areas.

Partners

Sustainabile Villages Initiatives in Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa

DR CONGO/BURUNDI

Agri Business Centre
AEDK (Kivu)
BCD (Bugarama)
Community Based Initiatives
KCD (Katanga)
MVKC (Kivu)
Neema ya Bwana
Tuinuwe Maendeleo Congo
UDV (Kivu)
Umoja Vijijini
Women in Action Ministry
 
HAITI

Comite MacDonald
 
KENYA

BCDP (Majengo)
BCBO (Biribiriet)
 
TANZANIA

Global Connect
Huruma Committee Italazya
KTDN (Kasanga)
Kipwa Fishing Group
KWWS (Songwe)
MCD (Morogoro)
MCD (Moshi)
Ruwala Masoko Community
Smart Ant Africa
True Grasses Tanzania
TIC (Ilembo)
Women in Business Songwe
ENP TZ
 
Uganda

True Grasses Uganda
Rafiki CBO

 
Local Leadership

Challenges in the Global Village

One billion people on our planet subsist on $1 per day and another 2 billion live on $2 per day. These life-threatening challenges are caused by global monetary realities that unequally distribute resources, obligating subsistence farmers to rely on a cash system for medicine and education. Young children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable. Death in children is often caused by dysentery, intestinal worms, measles, malaria and respiratory conditions. Women who die in childbirth, or shortly thereafter, lack support for at-risk pregnancies.

Stimulating Local Economies

Village economies are stimulated through the creation of sustainable small businesses. The outcome of increased spending power produces an amplifying feedback loop that increases personal income and produces spending patterns that create a growing local economy. Revitalized village economies create and sustain needed medical services.

Sustainable Funding that Recycles

Grants for new enterprising non profit businesses are given to mature village leaders who have proven leadership and business skills. Business plans must demonstrate that the village-based enterprises will contribute to overall social development. Default risks are mitigated by establishing long-term relationships with potential applicants who have proven track records of successful small business operation. The grant is voluntarily paid back through profits into the SVI Fund to support new applicants.

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Sustainable Villages Brochure




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