The Sustainable Villages Initiative (SVI) is a global network of rural organizations committed to bottom-up development in regions with extreme social challenges. SVI promotes self-sufficiency and wellness through a focus on clean water, health services and capital grants for small business development.
Community-based organizations (CBOs) are locally-registered non-profits, governed by village members. CBOs are launched with SVIs five-step start-up process and eventually receive grants to create self-sustaining small businesses and local medical and water initiatives.
Enterprising non-profits (ENPs) are small business initiatives that help CBOs to become self-sufficient. ENPs receive capital grants to start agricultural and other business. The original capital is paid forward from business profits in order to support other CBOs in nearby areas.