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EnterpriseWorks/VITA (EWV) is a private, nonprofit, international development organization incorporated in Washington, DC. For the last 40 years, EWV has assisted producers and other entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Today, hundreds of thousands of hard-working families are benefiting from the profits of more productive, environmentally sensitive enterprises and generating a ripple effect that touches every aspect of life in their communities.


EnterpriseWorks/VITA combats poverty by helping small producers and other entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses that create jobs and increase productivity, market opportunities and incomes. EWV achieves this by expanding access to appropriate technologies, technical assistance, knowledge and finance.


EWV programs focus on activities common to millions, allowing for replication of activities across regions and continents. EWV’s areas of expertise and activity include:

Small-Scale Irrigation programs that help farmers multiply their production and incomes with affordable, locally produced irrigation technologies.

Potable Water programs that create private enterprises to locally produce drilling and water lifting technologies, helping people obtain safe drinking water in an affordable manner.

Water Filters programs that provide safe drinking water by eliminating water borne contaminants, providing both health and economic benefits to rural populations.

Oilseeds and Staple Foods programs helping small growers process high-value oil and byproducts with low-cost presses and other grain and cereal processing technologies.

Tree Crops programs adding value to products and conserving the environment by promoting treecrop farming, local processing, and more direct links to international markets.

Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation programs that boost incomes and protect biodiversity through profitable resource management and industry building in areas with sensitive ecosystems.

Energy programs that dissemination fuel-efficient cookstoves that drastically reduce charcoal consumption, save households money, and slow deforestation.


In 2005, EWV’s portfolio generated over 15 million dollars in total monetary benefits, providing economic benefits to over 1.6 million men, women and children in some of the most disadvantaged countries of the world. During 2005, EWV spent a total of US$3.8 million on direct project expenses. With total monetary benefits to project participants of US$15.3 million, EWV generated US$4.03 in increased income for every dollar spent – a 400% return on the investments made by project donors.


Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Central African Republic, Chad, China, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, India, Indonesia, Mali, Moldova, Republic of, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia, Zimbabwe


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Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 293-4600

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Basic Needs


Provide Clean Water

One tubewell

Your donation of $400 makes ensures that one more tubewell will be dug by teams of local entrepreneurs (often a team leader and three to five young men) providing access to deep clean water, free of pollution while simultaneously creating local employment. What takes a major development organization many months and approximately $10,000 to do, your donation will accomplish with just $400 because your donation...


Pump Clean Water

One motorized pump

With a donation of $100, a motorized rope pump (MRP) capable of lifting over 10,000 gallons of clean drinking water per day from depths of over 115 feet for less that will serve a family, school, hospital, orphanage and in some cases will be the only source of clean water for entire villages. The motorized rope pump is locally manufactured ensuring it can be serviced...


Help Family Farms

One treadle pump

At a cost of $50, a treadle pump allows a farmer to move 6,000 liters of water per hour from depths of up to 33 feet and to distances of over 300 feet (one football field). Using them a farming family can double its annual income generated from vegetable production ($300 to $1,700 per farming family, depending on the country context). A simple, affordable gift...


Increase Incomes

20 fruit tree seedlings

Twenty fruit trees providing pears, apples, peaches and/or avocados would dramatically increase a local farming family’s income while also diversifying their diets adding much needed vitamins and minerals and improving a family’s health. The trees would help increase these farmers’ income by close to $2,000 over their productive life. By helping a family in a country like Tanzania raise their income, you help them send...


Increase Incomes

10 fruit tree seedlings

Your gift will provide ten fruit trees providing pears, apples, peaches and/or avocados would dramatically increase a local farming family’s income while also diversifying their diets adding much needed vitamins and minerals and improving the family’s health. Trees also provide animals a place to nest, feed and hide, while stopping desertification (the transformation of healthy forests and land into barren desserts). Your gift of ten...


Provide Clean Water

One household filter

Your gift will provide one water filter that has a tested and proven capacity to reduce the incidence of water borne illness and substantially reduce childhood diarrhea by up to 70%. These water filters have been tested in laboratories all over the world with results consistently showing a more than 99% reduction of all water borne contaminants and fecal coliforms when using highly contaminated sources....


Clear the Air

One stove for a family

A fuel efficient cook stove that is proven to reduce firewood and charcoal use by 40%, increase fuel-related savings, and also reduce indoor air pollution dramatically improving the respiratory health of the women using them and their families. These stoves have a documented record of performance, saving a family a minimum of $35 annually in fuel costs, reducing charcoal consumption by 0.64 kg of charcoal...