Our Model


"We disrupt extreme poverty in rural Africa. We do this by deploying targeted financing and retrieving information (pics, videos, and impact data) for 100% village-led development projects. Our light-footprint model scales by leveraging local capacity, while practicing radical transparency and ruthless efficiency." -- Mike B., CEO

projects often completed within 2 months of funding

on average, projects cost half the "NGO price"

villages contribute cash (skin in the game)

cost breakdowns, pics, videos, and impact data

Village Engagement

Step 1:

Identify an extreme poverty village in a rural area, using local knowledge and poverty maps.
Step 2:

Call a village meeting to explain our "village choice" model and offer a longterm partnership.
Step 3:

Listen as the community identifies its biggest development challenges and locally appropriate solutions.
Step 4:

Wait for the village's project committee to propose a project, write a budget, and raise the required cash contribution.
Step 5:

Raise additional financing for the project from individuals, schools, companies, and partner NGOs.
Step 6:

Deploy funds immediately, start the project, and share multimedia project updates with donors.
Step 7:

Complete the project (usually within one month after deploying funds) and mark the occasion with a ceremony.
Step 8:

Measure and share impact data with donors to evaluate how the project made a difference.
Step 9:

Monitor the project over time based on community feedback and multimedia updates.
Step 10:

Repeat steps 3 - 9 for 10 years, one project per year, as communities disrupt extreme poverty.

Boots on the Ground

To achieve scalabilty, we recruit and train local field officers, and pay them per completed project. These ambitious young men and women possess smartphones and a passion for community development. A single field officer covers up to 30 villages a year, using local transportation and mobile technology to reach up to 40,000 people. Crowdfunding and low fixed costs allow us to leverage a small, US-based staff to support an ever-expanding network of partner villages and field officers across regions and countries.
Field Officer Macford Chinonga
Email: mmacford@villagex.org
Phone Number:
Location: Mangochi, Malawi
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automatic donations, going
directly to village projects,
with monthly email updates
starting at


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