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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.