Visionary Empowerment Programme (VEP) is non-profit making organization incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Kenya in 2008 with the desire to empower, motivate and alleviate poverty among rural women in Kenya and to improve both the quality and accessibility of financial services available to them
We encourage and promote sustainable economic growth among women by identifying designing and developing strategies towards establishing profitable enterprises. This is done through microfinance services, training and energy development projects. (Solar lamps, Energy saving Jikos, and Biogas construction). Our aim is to enhance economic gain and better living standards among the rural women in Kenya.
To provide products, services and skills that empowers our community socially and financially for sustainable development.
To have an empowered and motivated community for poverty alleviation.
VEP is a leader in providing microfinance solutions to women groups running small scale industry and farming. We seek to empower women financially to run viable, competitive, and rewarding enterprises that can compete locally and internationally. In this regard we have performed micro lending in various areas namely Murang’a county, Kiambu county, Nyeri county and Nairobi county. This lending has benefited over 7000 families.
Currently, microfinance loans are ‘Group-Based’, that is provided to individuals through groups that are either formed by VEP or are pre-existing. The main purpose of the groups is to facilitate the management and administration of very small loans. The groups allow the MFI to attain economies of scale, as well provide for alternative collateral systems.
Visionary Empowerment Programme (VEP) also recognizes that the environment constitutes the foundation of national economic, social, and cultural progression. The organization has been committed to environmental conservation of soil, biodiversity and sustainable green energy utilization. For this reason numerous biogas plants have beenconstructed in the rural central and eastern Kenya to ensure improved soil fertility by the use of bio-slurry in the household farms.
Breeding for biogas Biogas under construction
Conservation of forest cover is also enhanced through reduction of haphazard deforestation for supply of firewood to the households. It has been the responsibility of the organization to ensure that there is sustainability for all the developed biogas plants initiatives with the communities in central and eastern Kenya.
The organization has also partnered with other organizations to promote solar lighting project and Efficient Energy Cooking Stoves within rural Kenya. These are Paradigm Kenya, Dlight, Trony East Africa, and Barefoot/ Smart solar. All these initiatives are geared towards sustainable development and poverty alleviation. VEP through the current and future projects will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and therefore will participate in carbon credits through Clean Development Mechanism. VEP projects that energy programs will achieve carbon dioxide and methane emission reductions by reducing firewood and charcoal for cooking in households. The organization will also ensure efficient use of renewable biomass fuels through promotion and supply of energy efficient cooking stoves.
Fire wood Jikos
VEP ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
VISIONARY EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME FACILITY
VEP headquarter is located in Thika town within the Nairobi's metropolis and consist of offices and mobile field stations. The organization process involves marketing and promotion of services/components and construction of biogas plants. VEP has 7000 members belonging to 205 women groups and 341 household clients on biogas project.
VEP also conducts capacity building for farmers and women groups on entrepreneurship and mobilizes women in various household based development programs that are income generating. All these projects are achieved through partnership with SNV, HIVOS, KENFAP, KENDBIP and relevant governments departments on grassroots.
We have an accumulated management expertise in Marketing, micro-enterprise management, and a solid team of microfinance and biogas experts. Our products are diversified to serve start-up businesses including capital investment and asset finance for medium businesses clients .
We have a long term commitment to eradication of poverty and reinforcement of strategies to empower Kenyan families through women who participate in meeting their daily needs and avoid dependency. ‘Don’t give fish but teach people how to fish is our philosophy’
A beneficiary of envirofit Jiko