VEGA May Newsletter

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Senate Letter of Support of VEGA to USAID

Members of the Senate sent a letter of support for VEGA to USAID Acting Administrator Wade Warren. In the letter, Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) urged USAID to preserve its successful partnership with VEGA. Read more

VEGA President & CEO Mike Deal and Managing Director of Communications & Advocacy Angela Canterbury sat down with Senator Isakson to thank him for being a champion for Americans who volunteer their skills to spur economic growth and security at home and abroad. Check out Senator Isakson’s tweet about the meeting here!

VEGA Member Engineers Without Borders USA Chapters Reach Out to Congress in Support of VEGA

Thirty-one Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) chapters representing 25 different states and thousands of engineers across the country sent a letter of support for VEGA to Members of Congress. In the letter they urged Congress to act immediately to ensure the partnership between VEGA and USAID is renewed, allowing EWB-USA and VEGA’s 28 other Members to continue generating more prosperity worldwide. Thank you EWB-USA! Read the full letter here

Volunteer Impact 360º Video: Volunteers Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

From Red Square Pictures Producer, Writer & Director Benjamin Cox, VEGA brings you the next Volunteer Impact 360º video: Volunteers Supporting Women Entrepreneurs. Watch to learn more about how VEGA programs are leveraging volunteer time to create real impact for women’s economic empowerment.

Volunteer Impact 360º Spotlight: Kenex Sevilla

Kenex Sevilla uses his skills as an engineer to support communities in the developing world, including near his birthplace in Nicaragua. With VEGA Member Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) Kenex helped develop a water distribution system in Honduras that provided clean drinking water for more than 70 households.  Read more

Where in the World are VEGA Programs

Did you know VEGA has administered 58 programs in 46 different countries? Now you can explore each one on our new programs map. Click the pinpoints to learn more about the program, including info about the implementer, budget and timeline.  Explore now

Program Snapshot: Feed the Future Tanzania Enabling Growth Through Investment and Enterprise Program

The new, four-year program awarded though VEGA to VEGA Member International Executive Service Corps (IESC), seeks to streamline many of the regulatory, information and financial channels that encourage domestic and foreign investment, resulting in increased revenue for small enterprises, new jobs for youth and access to loans for growing businesses. Learn more

FSVC Launches Program to Assist National Bank of Moldova

VEGA Member Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC) announced the launch of a technical assistance program to help support economic growth by improving the institutional capacity of the National Bank of Moldova (NBM). The new program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is administered through VEGA.  Watch the video and learn more here.

VEGA Represents Members’ Expertise at World Economic Forum on Africa

This week, VEGA Pesident & CEO Mike Deal and VEGA Director of Corporate Partnerships Daniel Wolf are in Durban, South Africa to take part in the World Economic Forum on Africa. The meeting will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to help Africa achieve inclusive growth. Learn more

How Increased Capital Grew Malian Soap Sales for a Female Business Owner

As Mrs. Diallo’s soap sales grew, she had trouble meeting the increasing demand. So she requested support from the Mali Finance for Food Security and Women Entrepreneurs (FFSWE) program, implemented by VEGA Member International Executive Service Corps (IESC) through VEGA. To learn how the program helped revolutionize her business, click here.

From One Project to Another: Lending a Helping Hand to Advance Afghanistan’s Agribusinesses

Individual development programs sometimes neglect to coordinate with one another to maximize their impact, and occasionally, efforts can be duplicative. To do development well, we must apply integrated and robust solutions and cultivate a culture of collaboration and learning. Learn how two programs in Afghanistan, implemented by IESC through VEGA, were able to collaborate in order to solve problems. Read more

How to make collaboration work — 7 Lessons from the Field

At last month’s Global Engagement Forum: Live, hosted by VEGA Member PYXERA Global, leaders and experts from across sectors came together to discuss and take action on the Global Goals. Here are seven key take aways from the event on how to effectively collaborate for greater impact. Learn more

VEGA Corporate Solutions

VEGA seeks to partner with leading corporations, mission-driven nonprofits and USAID overseas missions to collectively address economic growth, poverty and employment challenges. We build lasting relationships and convene non-traditional partners across sectors. Learn more about how we offer to help our partners develop enduring market-based solutions here.

New Members Only Site

As part of our ongoing effort to provide secure, reliable, and maintainable web paradigms, VEGA has moved our Members Only section to its own website, making it more robust, user-friendly and secure. If you are a VEGA Member and did not receive a username and password, please contact Communications & Advocacy Associate Leah Breevoort at for access to the site.

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Volunteer Helps South African Farmers Overcome Education Gaps Left by Apartheid
When Lushof Farm began expanding rapidly, Farm Manager Warren Bam was faced with a problem—hire outside help or promote the farm workers who had recently become part owners, but lacked adequate education. That’s when Warren learned about Farmer-to-Farmer and met Dr. Coultas, who changed his life. Six years later, Warren felt compelled to say thank you in person. Read more

Be Social

With Ivanka Trump drawing attention to women’s economic empowerment, we want to show her how much VEGA and our Members have done to create opportunities for women worldwide. Please click here to like and share our tweet so we can spread our stories of success to the White House!

From April 24-28 the VEGA community celebrated National Volunteer Week. Below are some tweets highlighting the immeasurable impact VEGA’s Member network of 100,000 highly skilled volunteers have made all over the world. To see more top tweets, click here.