Our Approach

The Village HopeCore’s (VHI) model for poverty eradication in Kenya is three fold; integration of health-interventions, income generation projects, and capacity building. The organization is dedicated to fostering integrated social and economic development amongst the rural communities with a primary objective of poverty eradication. The ultimate aim of the VHI multi-faceted approach to poverty eradication is thus to sustainably breakdown the various interlocking webs of poverty that continue to restrict the social and economic mobility of community members living in the Maara Sub - County of Tharaka Nithi county, Kenya.

Our Story

HopeCore's origins lay within the Micro Enterprise department, with the founder group (Rwanchege SHG) of 12 women funded in the year 2000. Since then, the team has funded 143 loan groups, each with 12-15  members. (As of June 2020).

Micro Enterprise Goal:  Reduce poverty by supporting the creation of sustainable businesses and equipping local Kenyans to manage their enterprises

Our approach

Our approach in the micro enterprise program is that of poverty eradication through empowering our target community members socially and economically. We use a non-profit business model which focuses on the greatest impact for our communities through the groups enrolled into our program. We rely on external funds to launch our programs, but in every instance we try to determine how to leverage those funds to generate more income to serve our target beneficiaries. We aim to leverage current resources to improve sustainability and encourage growth within the organization. We only generate income that will lead to greater sustainability and impact. We undertake 6 key activities in the program:

  • Community Mobilization
  • Training and capacity building
  • Assessments
  • Collaborations & Partnerships
  • Special Days & Events
  • Funding & Financing

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Read in detail about our Micro Enterprise program

Meet the Team


Jillo Gubal Shamzad

Micro Enterprise Coordinator


Alice Kaimenyi

Micro Enterprise Field officer

Esther Nyaga

Esther Nyaga

Associate Co-ordinator


 James Mutuku Nzeki

Field Officer


James Kinoti

Micro Enterprise Driver

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Titus Muthuri

Micro Enterprise Field Officer


Dianah Murage

Micro Enterprise Field Officer


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