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VEF Meeting

This weekend I had the opportunity to travel with a couple guys from the Village Enteprise Fund to a small village about half an hour outside of town. They were going to distribute the second part of some grants to a few individuals in the village as well as participate in a meeting of an association some members of the village were forming to provide loans among themselves.

The building in which the meeting was held:


VEF is an organization that provides $100 grants to individuals in east africa who wish to start businesses. They get the grants in two $50 increments. Many of the businesses to which Kiva has has provided loans are businesses started with these grants but who have grown to the point that they need extra capital to further expand the business.

Some ladies who are participating in the association:


The group at the meeting:


More pictures are here