Village Exchange International/Ghana (VEG) strives to empower Ghana’s most marginalized women by employing a holistic approach to poverty alleviation.  Our organization operates at the intersection of health care, education, and economic opportunity to address the multiple facets of poverty and to provide meaningful, comprehensive support for the empowerment of women in rural Ghana.

Founded in 2002 by two individuals dedicated to development and women’s issues, VEG has since leveraged the experience of local and international experts and volunteers to provide professional, research-based programs.  VEG’s efforts have flourished though the establishment of strategic partnerships with local organizations, traditional leaders, and international entities, such as the United Nations Population Fund.

VEG aims to continue creating life-changing opportunities for the women of rural Ghana, enabling them to raise themselves out of poverty and become powerful agents of change.

Our Mission Statement

To promote the self-actualization of Ghana’s disadvantaged women through three pillars of intervention:

  • Poverty alleviation strategies, including microfinance and small-enterprise development
  • Reproductive and sexual health programs
  • Research on women’s health issues

Our Board of Directors & Management:

ChristianeChristiane Milev

Founder/Director of VEG and VEI. Development professional and freelance translator for international organizations. Her qualifications include a Masters in Translation from the École de Traduction et d’Interprétation de Genève in Geneva (Switzerland) and 25 years of employment experience with international organizations (UN, UNICEF, UNDP, CITES, IUCN).

YannickYannick Milev

Founder for VEG and VEI. A sociologist specializing in development, his qualifications include a Masters in Sociology from the Université de Paris V René Descartes in Paris (France), and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London (UK).

Our Staff:

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Staff and Volunteers at VEG