Village Inc. Africa

Empowering Sub-Saharan communities to determine their economic and social prosperity
2014 SEED Africa Award Winner Biodiversity Babati, Tanzania

Villages incorporate their own Village Company, a for-profit enterprise which is self-managed, scalable and self-fundable. It has three purposes: 1) Create and run for-profit businesses in their village, thus stimulating and developing a local economy. 2) Finance community-chosen social needs. 3) Repay the “macrocredit” used as working capital for the VC.

VCs are registered LLCs, with shares gradually transferred to the villagers. VCs are trained in governance and management under the key principles of business excellence, transparency and accountability.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Village Inc. Africa support local businesses that bring employment with "macrocredit", income and financial security to the community, thus stimulating the local economy and reducing migration for employment.
  • Empowering village communities to take an active role in social enterprises that benefit their community.
  • Reducing rural out-migration by enabling new livelihood opportunities.
  • Fostering autonomy which can lead to future prosperity.

  • Providing solar cook stoves as part of a new affordable housing project.
  • Distributing first-generation seeds that prosper on natural fertilisers.



  • Creating new business opportunities through “macrocredit”.
  • Generating income through employment created through new VC-approved ventures.
  • Rewarding economic clusters of VCs, as villages combine their resources in collaborative projects.


This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Village Inc. Africa continuously improves the concept and its implementation by sharing expertise and investing in the VCs and the VCIs.

VCI-Babati is the Village Company Incubator in the Babati region. It provides support, including “macrocredits”, expertise and training, to Village Companies in their area.

Seloto Village Company is one of the operating VCs and a key partner as it implements and contributes to the development of the model.

SEED Library

In the SEED Library you can read case studies and briefs and explore recent news and blog posts related to the enterprise.
Read more

Collaborate with Village Inc. Africa

Use this form to contact the enterprise directly. The submission of this form notifies SEED of your contact request.
I consent to having SEED collect my details and protect my submitted data in line with privacy policy
Raphael Ami
P.O. Box 193, Babati-Manyara, Tanzania
Babati, Tanzania
Tel: +255788841354

Meet more enterprises in the sector

Tiwai Health Village

2007 SEED Award Winner
Biodiversity Sierra Leone

Wuchi Wami

2021 Winner
Biodiversity Mwinilunga, Zambia

Kidogo Early Childhood Centres

2015 SEED Gender Equality Award Winner
Biodiversity Nairobi, Kenya

Oro Verde® - Facilitating Market Access for Artisan Miners

2009 SEED Award Winner
Biodiversity Colombia

Molefi Ralebenya Technical Beekeeper and Honey

2019 SEED South Africa Award Winner
Biodiversity Ficksburg, South Africa

NatureSmart Expeditions

Biodiversity Kampala, Uganda