Defeat Extreme Poverty in Africa



by funding projects that villages choose


meet the villages

Extreme poverty is not only a condition of unsatisfied material needs. It is often accompanied by a degrading state of powerlessness. -- Prof. Peter Singer, Princeton

How It Works

Villages choose projects

Search the projects page or interactive map for tenacious villages battling extreme poverty in rural Africa. Find a village-led development project that speaks to you.

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You help fund them

Make a donation directly to a rural village that not only identifies local solutions to its biggest problems, but also contributes labor, materials, and, importantly, cash.

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We send you updates

Enjoy email updates with pictures and data from the field providing a vivid accounting of how your donations change development outcomes for rural Africans.

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How It Helps

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waterborne illness

-70%

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boys/girls in nursery school

+66% / 60%

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non-agricultural businesses

+100%

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girls in high school

+80%

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Featured Projects

(100% completion rate)
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Provide Clean Water fiber_new
Kusapa Village

$3022 out of $6200

Locals Contributed: $310

Grow More Food timeline
Chikumbu Village (since 2015)

$1800 out of $1800

Locals Contributed: $90

Build a Nursery School timeline
Chikumbu Village (since 2015)

$2000 out of $2000

Locals Contributed: $100


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Village Stories

On Thursday, March 29, 2018, Manyumba Village received 40 female goats. Over time, 80 families will share the offspring. Goats are assets that families can use to rent more land for cultivation during the rainy season or send children to school. The timing was perfect a few days ahead of Easter. Field officers Myson Jambo and Alfred Piyo were in attendance.
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On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Matandala Village received 40 female goats. Over time, 80 families will share the offspring. Jean Msowoya, a young girl, held a sign that read, "Thank you ... I have my own goat now." Goats are assets that families can use to rent more land for cultivation during the rainy season or send children to school. Field officer Wedson Kondowe was in attendance.
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EZ Borehole Drillers drilled a borehole at Chantulo Village, Malawi, finishing in March 2018. The water was tested and declared clean for drinking purposes. On March 14, 2018, after letting the cement around the borehole dry and harden, the community and Village X Country Representative, Macford Chinonga, gathered to open the well.
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EZ Borehole Drillers drilled a borehole at Kela Village, Malawi, finishing in March 2018. The water was tested and declared clean for drinking purposes. On March 13, 2018, after letting the cement around the borehole dry and harden, the community and Village X Country Representative, Macford Chinonga, gathered to open the well.
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On Monday, November 6, 2017, Kazembe Village received 40 female goats. Over time, 80 families will share the offspring. Moreen Lihaka, a mother of three whose husband left 5 years ago, said "I feel strong now because in the future I will be able to support my kids for education." She added that goats are assets that she can use to rent more land for cultivation during the rainy season, improving food production for her family.
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People Helped*

41,714

*each project benefits an entire village community
Types of Projects
Elapsed Time*

37 days

project funding to completion

*based on average, times vary depending on project type


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directly to village projects,
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