Fund Projects That Villages Choose
because everyone deserves democracy and development

meet the villages
people helped


in Malawi, Africa

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from 2014 to 2017

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Fund Projects That Villages Choose

because everyone deserves democracy and development

Nearly 400 million people (and growing) live in extreme poverty in rural Africa. We're changing that with a model that celebrates village democracy, direct giving, and data analysis.

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.


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.


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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Featured Projects

(100% completion rate)
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Build a Teacher House fiber_new
Makunula Village

$1470 out of $2000

Locals Contributed: $100

Build a Nursery School timeline
Yelemiya Village (since 2018)

$350 out of $2000

Locals Contributed: $100

Grow More Food timeline
Chikumbu Village (since 2015)

$100 out of $2000

Locals Contributed: $100

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On Saturday, January 12, 2019, Chiyuni gathered with Field Officer Wedson Kondowe to open the nursery school. Guests of honor included a local counselor (politician) and the Primary Education Advisor from the Ministry of Education. The chief of Chiyuni was very happy, as this was the first development project in his area in recent memory. The nursery school will help not only Chiyuni Village, but also neighboring communities. The school just opened and already has an enrollment of over 80 learners. A representative from NGO Feed the Children committed to providing flour for children attending the nursery school to eat porridge when school is in session. At the ceremony, people danced and expressed their joy that the nursery school will help prepare kids for primary education.
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The borehole was drilled by Vonder Water Technologies in early December 2018. The borehole's depth is 63 meters. The local government tested the water and confirmed its safety for drinking. On January 5, 2019, after allowing the cement around the borehole to dry, Yelemiya gathered to celebrate its new borehole. The borehole will provide clean water not only Yelemiya, but also the neighboring villages of Yakumutu and Chaluchamala, helping about 350 households in all. The chiefs from these villages were present at the celebration, as was field officer Wedson Kondowe.
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On Sunday, December 9, 2018, Sosola and surrounding villages gathered to celebrate the completion of the market shelter. The ceremony started with traditional dances, including the Gule Wamkulu dance. Many locals chiefs were in attendance. After traditional dances, several of those chiefs made speeches thanking you and Village X for investing in local development. Speakers emphasized how the market shelter will foster business growth in the area and help communities develop economically. Field Officer Alfred Piyo also spoke, complementing the chiefs on their collaboration to achieve development and explaining the Village X model to all in attendance. After speeches, attendees toured the market shelter while the chairperson of the project committee briefed the audience on how the community designed and built the structure.
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On November 8, 2018, 400 people celebrated the opening of the teacher house at Chisawani Primary School in Manyumba Village. The guest of honor was Mr. Hapala, a government official from the district education office. The celebration included traditional dances, poems, dramatic comedy, and speeches. Organizers announced that Simon Dailesi, Deputy Principal at Chisawani Primary School, will reside in the house with his family. In addition to helping Mr. Dailesi and his family, the teacher house will make faculty members more accessible to the community, promote evening classes, and improve school security.
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On October 26, 2018, Siyabu Village received 42 bags of urea fertilizer. It was decided to distribute that fertilizer to the 42 least affluent families in the village accounting for about 40% of all households. The families will use the fertilizer, often in combination with natural manure like goat droppings, to help grow a bountiful maize crop. Although Malawi has suffered several years of unpredictable maize harvests (due to floods and droughts), we are hopeful that, this year, good rains and fertilizer will yield a bumper crop.
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