Millennium Villages

Fighting Extreme Poverty in Africa

Sumitomo Chemical Donates 330,000 Bed Nets

4.7.2014
bednet MbolaSumitomo Chemical Company, Limited of Japan will donate 330,000 insecticide-treated bed nets to the Millennium Villages Project, the third round of such donations by the manufacturer toward the goal of demonstrating that malaria deaths can be eradicated across Africa.

Going Back to Mayange

4.3.2014
DSC_0119It’s been 19 months since my first visit to the Millennium Village of Mayange in Rwanda, and wow, things have changed. I first visited Mayange in 2012 when I worked for Millennium Promise. Then two months ago, I found myself in back in Rwanda with a friend. With some spare time between memorials and gorillas,

TechWomen visit Mayange’s high schools as part of Connect To Learn

3.12.2014
mayange_libraryUntil a few years ago, the chance of finishing secondary school in rural parts of Rwanda was a dream few girls could fulfill. According to the World Bank the gross total enrollment of girls in secondary school in Rwanda was only 37% in 2011. The secondary school transition rate was low, with only 71% of

Business Development Key to Sustained Incomes

3.5.2014
101813-131With just under two years to go before the deadline to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, filed staff from Millennium Villages in East Africa gathered in Nairobi last week to ensure that development gains made so far can be sustained by the communities themselves. The week-long workshop for agribusiness, cooperative and business specialists from Ethiopia,

MVP and Unilever: Improving Lives through Hand Washing with Soap

2.5.2014
Sauri-101513-193Originally published on Business Fights Poverty: Unilever’s health soap brand Lifebuoy is working with the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), an innovative model for helping poor rural African communities reach all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MVP is a community-led development approach based on an integrated package of interventions in all sectors including agriculture, health, education,

Community Health Worker from Pampaida Honored with 2014 REAL Award

1.30.2014
REAL3Ms. Roseline Nuhu, a Community Health Worker (CHW) in the Millennium Village of Pampaida in Nigeria, has been selected as a REAL Award honoree for 2014. The REAL Award was created by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide. Each

From Gas to Solar to Onions

1.23.2014
Potou011514-56Back in 2008 El Hadji Seck recalls long hard days of harvesting only groundnuts, a crop that grows well in the sandy soils and semi-arid conditions of Potou. The following year an irrigation system of solar panels, water tanks and pipes were built by the Millennium Villages Project for the 4 cooperative farmer’s groups here.

USAID Awards $1.1M for Solar Irrigation in Senegal

12.12.2013
irrigation SenegalUSAID announced announced today that the Sustainable Engineering Lab has been awarded a two-year, $1.1M innovation grant to establish three smart solar irrigation pilot projects in the Millennium Village of Potou, a rural area in northern Senegal. The grant is supported by USAID, the Swedish Government, Duke Energy, and the German Organization for International Cooperation

Testing for Malaria, Quickly

10.24.2013
Sauri-101613-296Last year during the rainy season, Jackton Oloko recalls testing more than 300 mothers and children for malaria in a single day . “I’ve never been so busy,” he said. But being busy he believes is one of the reasons malaria rates have dropped precipitously over the years in the Sauri Millennium Village located in

Washing hands improves schooling in Mwandama Millennium Village

10.22.2013
large_DSC_3743smAs part of the Global Handwashing Day celebrated across the world last week, Mwandama’s schools joined together to sing, dance and have fun in the name of better health. During the event, more than 600 children in brightly colored uniforms pledged to wash their hands with soap and water – the simplest and most inexpensive