For two decades, WE Villages has been engineering an international development model to end poverty. It’s not a handout or a single solution, but a combination of key interventions that empower a community to help themselves.

WE Villages is an adaptive, effective five-pillar model built on 20 years of experience collaborating with dedicated community members and international development experts to find solutions that work.


Our Development Model

We created an international development model that addresses the five primary causes of poverty with holistic and sustainable solutions that work in tandem to transform communities.

The 5 Pillars

These are our five Pillars of Impact that lead our WE Villages to true independence:


When children are educated, they are armed with the courage and self-confidence to better themselves and their families, their communities and the next generation.

Water: Clean Water and Sanitation

We work to help communities gain access to sustainable sources of clean water, which helps remove barriers to education by reducing illness and allowing girls to go to school instead of spending hours each day fetching their family’s water—often from contaminated sources.


Children who are healthy can attend school more often, and families who have access to health care can keep their children in school instead of pulling them out to help run farms because parents are too sick to work.

Food: Agriculture and Food Security

We work with communities on programs that promote food security and improved agriculture, like school gardens and irrigation projects. When children are fed, they can attend school, do well and get an education. When families are fed, they can work together to pull themselves out of poverty.

Opportunity: Income and Livelihood

When parents have the time and money to invest in their children’s education and health, another barrier to education is removed and school attendance increases. When women are empowered to earn a living, they in turn empower their children to pull themselves out of poverty and achieve a brighter future.

Where We Work