About Us

About the Village Entrepreneur Program

Lifting families out of poverty through entrepreneurship and education

The Village Entrepreneur program is a unique initiative, developed and run by Cufa. This program is designed to give local villagers living in poverty, the assistance they need, through initial funding, education, local support and guidance, to develop their own small business and build financial sustainability.

At Cufa, over the years of working with local communities in Asia-Pacific, we have developed an understanding of how essential it is to impart knowledge and develop skills to these villagers so that they can feel proud about the secure future they are creating for the next generation, all with a little help from you and Cufa.

For less than A$10 a week (A$39/month), you as a Community Investor, can help a villager, who normally earn less than US$2 a day, build a profitable small business and contribute to strengthening their community’s micro-economy.


About Cufa

Cufa is committed to ending poverty across the Asia-Pacific. We help communities build better lives for themselves through programs that focus on education, empowerment, entrepreneurship and financial institutions.

90% of your contributions go directly into local communities, these funds are used to train local communities to build and run community-owned banks. This way, communities have access to safe and affordable financial services such as loans for their business and saving accounts.

Support is also made available at credit unions so that people can start their own small business, with Cufa project officers teach the crucial business skills for these businesses to become successful.

Imparting these skills, knowledge and financial access provides people with a hand up, not a handout, a livelihood that can be passed on to future generations to break the poverty cycle.

What we stand for

For every $1 of donor funding invested $10.77 of value is created by our development programs

Our Vision

Our vision is for communities of the Asia Pacific region to be free of poverty through economic development and self-determination

Our Mission

To facilitate the development of economic capacity through education, employment and enterprise opportunities to create infinite value and self-reliance

Our Values

Integrity, passion, innovation, collaboration and financial prudence






Village Entrepreneurs

Why Support our programs?

We believe in long-term solutions that address the root causes of poverty. We know that our approach works and that this is why we have been able to turn a $2.4 million investment into $30.4 million worth of social value in communities across Cambodia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea in under 2 years. Want to read more about how we achieved this? Read our Social Return on Investment Report.

With your help, we can empower people to improve their lives, for good, develop their communities and create a brighter future for their families. Join our community of supporters who donate regularly, and you’ll help Cufa change lives across the Asia – Pacific

What our Community Investors say

Our Community Investors have helped many Village Entrepreneurs become financially sustainable and this is what they think about the program.

What I love about being a Community Investor is that it’s personal. You see progress on a very individual level. It’s great to be able to give and then watch people grow.
I am very proud to support the incredible Village Entrepreneur program. It is so rewarding to be able to help families become financially independent and create a brighter future for their children. A micro-credit is the perfect way to help from a distance and it is wonderful to be able to then support the next family. Huge thanks to Cufa for being able to provide this incredible way of being able to help.