• Supporting Sustainable Enterprises Supporting Sustainable Enterprises EVI explores and implements innovations in sustainable enterprise development. This support is achieved through comprehensive assessments of supply and demand in a variety of industries. Enterprise development projects create long-term opportunities by focusing on both new businesses (entrepreneurship) and existing businesses (employment).
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  • Promoting Sustainable Technology Promoting Sustainable Technology EVI evaluates opportunities for sustainable technologies that increase efficiency, lower production costs, provide healthier environments, improve natural resource management, and decrease carbon emissions. EVI uses a value chain perspective to leverage new and innovative technology to help communities achieve environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
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  • Securing Livelihoods for Vulnerable Populations Securing Livelihoods for Vulnerable Populations EVI works to stabilize and expand wage-labor and self-employment opportunities for disenfranchised, at-risk populations, including: households suffering absolute or chronic poverty; marginalized women and youth; adolescent orphans and vulnerable children and their care-givers; and people living with or affected by HIV and AIDs.
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  • Enhancing Healthy Food Systems Enhancing Healthy Food Systems EVI works to reduce barriers to accessing local, affordable, healthy food. In partnership with microenterprise development, workforce development, higher education, and business communities, EVI develops and supports viable, sustainable business models to increase the efficiency of agricultural supply chains, resulting in more availability of local foods.
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  • Preserving Natural Resources Preserving Natural Resources EVI assesses how changing access to natural resources affects economic livelihoods and drives emerging economic sectors. EVI programming supports markets and livelihoods that integrate sustainable use of ecosystems to help communities address deforestation, soil-health, access to clean water, and flora and fauna protection.
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EVI supports the growth of sustainable local economies by linking enterprise development with environmental stewardship.

Approach

Fostering more productive and sustainable relationships between market systems and ecosystems

Expertise

Market systems development; environmental enterprise development; livelihood program design & implementation; behavior change & learning; training & curriculum development

Spotlight

EVI works alongside Kenya Markets Trust to make markets work better for Kenyan poor in key agricultural markets and basic service sectors